To the Editor: State association urges support of Northwood school tax issues
Written by Rob Delane   
Thursday, 24 October 2013 09:55
The Ohio School Boards Association (OSBA) strongly encourages residents to vote for Northwood Local School District's ballot issue on Nov. 5. The ballot issue - a 4.9 mill property tax combined with a 0.25% earned income tax - will allow the district to construct a safe, new facility to provide 21st century learning spaces for all students.
The building project was developed with input from community forums and a committee of 61 Northwood residents to meet the district's needs. It includes demolishing all or part of existing school buildings and constructing a 130,000 square-foot facility. The building will include state-of-the-art science and computer labs, as well as the technology students need to be career and college ready.
Northwood's school buildings are more than 50 years old and are at the point where patching and repairing them is no longer cost effective. Consolidating operations into a new, centralized building will allow the district to streamline operations in a facility that is much more efficient and economical. The project will allow the district, which has not asked for new taxpayer dollars since 2008, to continue to make strides to control costs and demonstrate fiscal responsibility. After years of waiting, Northwood is now eligible for more than $11 million in state funding for the construction project. The district is asking residents to contribute and help make this new facility a reality.
Communities are only as strong as their schools; this new school building will serve students for many years to come. By voting for this ballot issue, you are helping Northwood maintain excellence and ensuring a bright future for children in your community. That's why on Nov. 5, OSBA urges residents to vote for the school district's ballot issue. It is a wise and much-needed investment in your schools and community.
Rob Delane
deputy executive director Ohio School Boards Association
Last Updated on Thursday, 24 October 2013 10:00
 

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