Streetsboro -- Mayor Glenn Broska has officially endorsed the school bond issue that will appear on the Nov. 5 ballot.
"To be able to have these new facilities built is great for the city," he said. "It brings us into the 21st century."
Karyn Hall, who is chairing the committee to pass the bond issue, said the committee is pleased to have the mayor's backing.
"We are thrilled that the mayor has stepped forward to let the people of Streetsboro know that he backs efforts to renovate our schools and build a new high school," she said.
The school district is asking voters to approve Issue 22, which includes a 5.06-mill bond for building and renovating schools and a half mill for permanent improvements. If the bond is approved, the state of Ohio will provide more than $24 million dollars to help renovate the district's schools and build a new high school. The bond would cost the owner of a $100,000 home $14.76 per month and raise $38.7 million from bond and $210,741 annually from permanent improvement millage.
Broska said new school buildings "will help the city as a whole" by attracting more businesses and residents and increasing property values.
"I think for the city as a whole, this will have far-reaching effects on people's property values and for the image of the city as a whole," he said.
In addition to gaining the endorsement of the mayor, the levy committee also plans to reach out to the community with a public information forum about the bond issue. The forum is set for Oct. 16 in the high school cafeteria at 7 p.m. Superintendent Michael Daulbaugh, School Board member Andrew Lesak and architect Michael DiMaio of FMD Architects will be present to answer questions.
The school facilities plan, which would be completed with approval of Issue 22, includes a new high school on school-owned property on Route 14 across from Deer Meadow Boulevard and renovating the existing high school as a middle school for grades six through eight. Fourth- and fifth-graders would remain at Henry Defer Intermediate School, which won't be renovated as part of the plan. All the lower grades would be housed at Campus Elementary School, which would be renovated and expanded to house preschoolers through third-grade students, while Wait Primary School would be closed.
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