TROY — The Troy City School Board of Education announced its levy campaign committee as well as the plan to divide its elementary campus at its regular meeting.
The board on Monday said if the November levy passes, the district would build two separate elementary schools on its planned site — housing pre-kindergarten through second grade in one building and third through sixth grades in another.
Last month, the board of education entered into a contingent contract to purchase nearly 59 acres to build the Pre-K through sixth grade buildings.
The board unanimously supported the resolution to enter into a potential purchase of property contract to buy 58.67 acres at 3054 W. State Route 55 and Nashville Road for $733,375 from the late Don Isern heirs. The property is to the west of Kensington and Edgewater developments.
The levy task force is being led by Brock Heath and Ron Musilli. The task force will announce public information meeting dates as they begin to campaign.
Heath said the goal of the levy task force is to educate the public and provide information for voters to make their decision.
Superintendent Eric Herman said he’s been fielding a variety of questions from the public with many answers online at its “Future of Learning” website at www.futureoftroyschools.com.
The buildings will not be designed until the levy has been passed.
President Doug Trostle said, “When this goes through, every student of any particular age will all go to one facility for their educational opportunities — that will be Pre-K through high school — and I think that’s kind of unique. We now become one district opposed to six separate elementary districts.”
Board member Michael Ham said the building project would become “a community.”
Herman said the design and build process is a different process when using state funding and the district will “give and take” within the Ohio School Facilities Commission guidelines.
Voters will consider a 4.61-mill levy on the Nov. 7 ballot that would raise $47.9 million to build the two new elementary schools and make improvements, such as adding air conditioning to the common areas at the high school.
The 30-year bond issue includes 0.5-mills for permanent improvement for maintenance, which is required for the additional Ohio Schools Facility Commission funding. The district has qualified for 33 percent state funding from the Ohio Schools Facility Commission if the levy is passed. The OFSC will fund approximately $16 million for a total project cost of around $63.3 million.
The OSFC requires at least 350 students in each new construction building to qualify for state funds.
An analysis of the district’s elementary buildings found it would cost at minimum $50 million to outfit the current buildings with HVAC.
If the 4.61-mills levy is passed, it would cost $161.34 per year for a home valued at $100,000; $242.01 per year for a $150,000 home; $322.68 for a $200,000 home; and $403.35 for a $250,000 home.
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