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A permanent improvement levy will be up for renewal on the Nov. 6 ballot in the Woodmore School District - but at a lower millage amount than when originally approved.

Voters will decide a 3-mill, 5-year issue that, if passed, will generate about $425,000 annually, said Kevin Slates, district treasurer.

The levy had collected 3.5 mills but the school board pledged to lower the millage if voters approved a bond levy that financed the local share of construction costs for a new elementary school building. To qualify for funding from the state for the project, the district also had to approve a 0.5-mill maintenance levy for the building.

With the approval of the bond levy and maintenance levy, the board is following through on its promise to reduce the permanent improvement levy millage.

Slates said several expenditures are planned with the levy revenues. One new bus will be purchased each in 2013 and 2014 and roof vents at the high school – some more than 20 years old – will be replaced.

Classroom materials are also needed.

“The curriculum director wants to focus on getting textbooks replaced and on technology in the classroom,” he said.

The administration is also starting a 5-year plan for replacing windows at the high school, he said.

District residents will have an opportunity to discuss the levy and the elementary school project at a forum scheduled for Oct. 17 at 6:30 p.m. in the school.

The project architect and construction manager will be at the forum to update the public, Slates said.

The administration met Thursday with the representatives of the Ohio School Facilities Commission, which is providing funding to cover about a third of the construction costs.

It took three attempts to approve the bond issue for the new building that will cost more than $22.7 million.

Planning for the construction is on schedule, Slates said, and the administration expects to advertise for contract bids by late 2013 and 2014.

The results of the district’s most recent state report card will also be discussed at the forum.

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