To the Editor: Ohio School Board group in favor of Rossford bond issue
Written by Rick Lewis   
Wednesday, 23 October 2013 10:41
I am writing in support of the Rossford Exempted Village (EV) School District's bond issue on the Nov. 5 ballot because the district desperately needs new school facilities.
The 4.6-mill bond issue will raise $32.2 million for the construction of two elementary buildings to replace existing schools.
The issue will cost the owner of $100,000 home $161 a year or $13.42 a month.
Two years ago, a volunteer community Master Plan Steering Committee was formed and there were many opportunities to involve residents in public forums and surveys.
The ultimate Master Plan included two phases. Phase 1 includes the construction of two new elementary schools to accommodate the PK-5 student population.
The existing aged facilities need improvement to help reinforce student success.
Sub-standard items include:
• Offices that are remote from the main entry
• Inaccessible areas for the physically challenged
• Antiquated mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems
• Undersized learning spaces that are not flexible
The proposed new schools will:
• Enhance safe and secure environments for students, staff and visitors with clearly defined "welcome centers"
• Provide total accessibility for all that are physically challenged
• Include energy efficient mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems
• Provide flexible learning spaces to reinforce outstanding program offerings
• Provide operational savings
Since learning can be hindered by facilities that are in disrepair, I urge residents of the Rossford EV School District to support high-quality schools and vote yes on the levy on Nov. 5.
Rick Lewis
Executive Director
Ohio School Boards Association

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