TROY — Last week, the Troy City Schools board of education approved the final step to place its 5.8-mill levy renewal on the March 15 ballot.
The board held a special meeting on Dec. 3 at the Miami County Preschool building located behind the Van Cleve Sixth Grade building. Board member Dave Heffner was not present.
The board approved to seek the five-year renewal levy, which generates $3.4 million per year for the district. The levy was last approved for renewal on May 3, 2011.
The board also discussed the district’s facility assessment. According to SHP consultants, the district could spend nearly $51 million to upgrades all nine school buildings for mechanical, electrical, and plumbing upgrades alone.
Superintendent Eric Herman provided the board with several cost analysis spreadsheets to begin the discussion of the district’s future facility plans. Herman said the topic of the district’s future facility plan will be included on the board’s agenda. Herman said he would like to begin forming committee meetings to explore ideas for the district future facility plan following the March 15 levy. Board members agreed to begin seeking community members for their input for the beginning stages of the process.
The district’s oldest building for students is the Van Cleve Sixth Grade, which is 102 years old. The district’s largest building is the Troy High School with 221,011 square feet which was built in 1958 not including its recent additions and renovations. The only building in the district with air conditioning is the Troy Junior High School, which was built in 1972 and is the “newest” of all nine of the districts’ buildings.
The board also took a tour of the newly renovated preschool center. The previous location of the Miami County Preschool was at the former Stouder Hospital building. The building was completely renovated with the Miami County Education Center sharing approximately 50 percent of its cost, according to Superintendent Eric Herman. The building formerly housed music and industrial arts classes for Van Cleve students before being used as a storage space. It is the second year for the preschool to be open for student services.
The next board meeting for Troy City Schools will be at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 14 at the board of education office.
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