TROY — Property owners in Troy, and the parents of school children in grades K-6, have a big decision to make when they vote on Nov. 7. That’s why a 4.61-mill bond levy will be presented to erect a new, two-building campus for elementary school children on 58.67 acres at the corner of Nashville Road and West St. Rt. 55.
Troy School Superintendent, Eric Herman, discussed the merits of the levy with Troy Rotarians during the club’s weekly meeting on Oct. 10.
Today, Troy has six neighborhood elementary schools that provide classrooms for kindergarten through fifth grade pupils. The age of each school building varies from 50-97 years old. The building for sixth graders is the oldest building in the system. It’s Van Cleve Elementary School, 617 E. Main St., and it is 103 years old. The average age of all elementary schools is 70 years old. As each year passes, annual maintenance costs continue to rise. These expenses often challenge the constant need to keep all the buildings safe and comfortable so that students have a good environment in which to learn.
Herman shared that, earlier this year, an architectural firm helped assess the condition of all the buildings, including the junior high and high school structures. The conclusion of the assessment was that, to improve all buildings to meet today’s environmental, technological, and accessibility standards, the cost would exceed $120 million. The proposed levy is less than one-half of that estimated cost.
If passed, the new elementary school campus will serve approximately 1,100 students. One building will house K-2 grades; the other will be for students in grades 3-6. The 4.61-mill bond levy will cost a property owner approximately $161 per year for every $100,000 value of their home. The State of Ohio will pay for an estimated 30 percent of the total costs. Herman said money in the levy will make improvements to the high school as well. The elementary school campus is expected to be ready for the 2020-21 school year. A decision on what to do with the existing elementary school buildings has not been finalized.
A public meeting is scheduled for 7-8:30 p.m. Oct. 17 at Troy High School, 151 W. Staunton Road in Troy, to address questions and concerns. To learn more about the proposal, visit www.futureoftroyschools.com. You may also submit questions at this site. Early voting began Oct. 11 and will continue through Nov. 6. Visit the Miami County Board of Elections website, www.electionsonthe.net/oh/miami/, for hours of operation.
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