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The need is real
Everyone I talk to agrees we need to do “something” to the elementary building in Woodville. Many agree with the present levy on the ballot to build a new building. Others believe that renovation is a better way to go. And still, others acknowledge the need, but lament they cannot afford it.
We are in a democracy and everyone is entitled to their opinion and I think every opinion deserves respect.
I do find it difficult to understand many peoples’ opinions when they are not based on facts. So here are some facts for consideration:
• The Ohio School Facilities Commission (OSFC) has inspected our school and determined that it will cost in excess of $12 million dollars to renovate.
• The OSFC will not provide monies for renovation if the cost exceeds two-thirds of the cost to build.
• The OSFC will not provide monies for us to renovate.
• The cost of a new elementary building to our taxpayers is just over $15 million dollars.
• Both the $12 million to renovate and the $15 million to build new are professional estimates.
• There is about a $3 million dollar projected difference between renovating and building new.
• For the $3 million dollar difference we get:
A new and safe infrastructure;
Air handlers that will move the air through our classrooms creating a good learning environment and a healthier environment;
New walls with the assurance that mold is not developing within them;
New roofs with warranties that eliminate our costs if there is a problem;
We receive all new classroom furniture;
We will receive a safe drop-off and pick-up for our students. Students riding the bus will be in back of the building and students riding with their parents will be in front of the building;
We will use alternate energy costs to maximize our efficiency;
We will receive a “wireless” building that will allow us to maximize and grow our technology use.
A new elementary building comes with a permanent improvement levy and a required maintenance plan to maintain the facility.
A new building allows for the present permanent improvement dollars to be used to upgrade the high school.
The time is now. We are receiving $7 million dollar from the State of Ohio to build this new facility. We need to take advantage of it.
Woodmore Schools Superintendent
Safe environment needed
To the editor: I am the president of the Woodmore Board of Education so, naturally, I am very concerned about the direction of our school district. But more importantly, I am a proud grandparent who has a granddaughter attending Woodmore Elementary School and I want the best education possible for her and the other children in our school district.
In 2008, district voters passed a five-year permanent improvement levy. Our board has monitored the use of that money and I am pleased with how we have improved our facilities and our other resources including technology, busing, etc.
I am pleased with our “Excellent With Distinction” rating and I realize it is the commitment of our quality teachers and the support of our parents who work with their children that we attained this.
But the needs of the elementary, with its declining infrastructure make it necessary to replace the building. Our children and grandchildren need a safe, healthy environment to maximize their learning. They also need technology resources to allow them to develop the necessary skills to be successful in the 21st century.
Please consider your vote on March 6 and help us strengthen our community and our children.
Steve Huss, President
Woodmore Local School District
The time is now
To the editor: Woodmore Local Schools needs a new kindergarten though grade building. My children are currently enrolled in Woodmore Schools and I have watched during the years as problems with the building continue. Every year during heavy downpours, water floods into the building, pooling in the second-grade and preschool wing, displacing some classrooms into the already “at capacity” building.
Water drips from conduit all around the building. The gym floor had to be replaced because of water damage; multiple ceiling tiles have fallen from the auditorium. Just last year, a major supporting beam in a fourth-grade classroom failed due to rust associated with leaking rainwater.
Why should we build new and not repair? After one has witnessed the problems crippling this building, it is not difficult to imagine that at some point the cost of fixing existing problems will become greater than the building’s worth.
An architect who has worked on refurbishing other old schools has stated that Woodmore’s elementary building is different from other schools in that it is structurally unsound. The refurbishing of this building is estimated to cost at least $12 million, but still a refurbished building would not have the same technological capacity, furnishings and space that the proposed new facility could provide. We need our children to be provided with the learning environment they need to compete with children of other communities.
Another problem with renovation/refurbishment revolves around where to put 600-plus students during the renovation period. Woodmore does not have another building to send its students too while a major renovation takes place.
The time is now. The state is offering money for a limited time only. It is a smart decision to make now while funds are being provided to offset the cost. My children need this, your children and grandchildren and neighbor children need this. Providing for this generation’s future mans that they will be better equipped to provide for our community some day.
We are investing in more than a building; we are investing in our community’s future. Take the time to come out and vote on March 6th. Make the children and the future of this community your priority.
Blood for oil
To the editor: All Americans should be appalled and outraged at the amount of money being spent for the election cycle.
Howard Schultz, CEO of Starbucks, estimates $5.5 billion will be spent for 2012. That money would be welcomed in the educational system, social services, and the re-building of America.
We need to solidify and take back our government from the politicians who interpret “The People” as meaning themselves and not the American public.
Schultz says the lack of cooperation and irresponsibility among elected officials today, as they have put partisan agendas before the peoples agenda, is stunning and outrageous.
We (as in America) are an oligarchy (government by a few), because I don’t remember the last time I saw the people have really any say in what the government chooses to do with us or the money we bust our butts for.
We are governed by the rich and powerful. The U.S. has no problem invading other sovereignties, just as we have done to countless other countries. They don’t hate us because of our freedoms. They hate us because every day we are funding and committing crimes against humanity.
The so called “War on Terror” is a cover for our military aggression to gain control of the resources of Western Asia. This is trading blood for oil.
This is genocide, and to most of the world, we’re the terrorists. Many of our soldiers don’t fight for America, they fight for their lives and their buddies beside them, because we put them in a war zone.
They’re not defending our freedoms, they’re laying the foundation for permanent military bases to defend the freedoms of the big oil companies. Let’s face it, we’re imperialists pure and simple.