Now that voters have approved an emergency operating levy, the Woodmore school board is turning its attention to a bond issue for the November ballot that would leverage state funding to help pay for the construction of a new building.
A resolution to proceed with putting a bond issue request on the Nov. 3 ballot was approved last week by the school board.
The resolution authorizes the district to issue bonds totaling about $19.5 million to be used for construction costs and to levy an additional 0.5-mill property tax that would be used for permanent improvement expenses if the new school is built.
If Woodmore voters support the local funding issue, the Ohio School Facilities Commission will provide funding for the balance of construction costs, which are estimated at $25.9 million.
The district is proposing to replace Woodmore Elementary School in Woodville and a wing of the high school in Elmore that houses grades seven and eight. The new school would include pre-kindergarten classes.
The school board and administration have said a new building would help the district realize additional operating savings.
Jane Garling, superintendent, said Woodmore Elementary has had flooding problems and needs a new boiler and roof. An extensive upgrade of the electrical system is also needed.
The new building would be constructed on property adjacent to the elementary school.
Earlier this month, voters approved a 5.9-mill, 5-year emergency levy: For – 716; Against – 630.
The board is letting a 4.9-mill levy expire at the end of the year.
In June, the board approved spending cuts totaling about $192,000 that are to remain in place even through voters approved the emergency levy.
The board will hold a special meeting Aug. 17 at 7 a.m. to hire supplemental staff and approve student handbooks. The next regular meeting will be Sept. 21 at 6:30 p.m.
The Ottawa County commissioners have voted to place a 0.5-mill property tax levy on the November ballot that would be used to retire debt incurred for the Riverview Nursing Home and for building maintenance.
In a prepared statement, the commissioners said the nursing home staff has “…restructured their operations and demonstrated that they can operate within their present revenue streams but those revenues are insufficient to maintain the building and its assets.”
The nursing home has bond debt of just under $3.4 million, according to the commissioners.
If approved by voters, the levy would, in effect, reinstate a 0.5-mill issue that expired last year and was used to retire the home’s debt and fund general operations.
The new levy, however, would be dedicated exclusively for debt retirement and maintenance and repair of capital equipment. It would not be used for wages and benefits.