TCS signs OSFC agreement

District seeks state input for facilities plan

By Melanie Yingst -

TROY — The Troy City Schools Board of Education on Monday passed a resolution for the Ohio School Facilities Commission (OSFC) “expedited local partnership program.”

Board member Michael Ham was not present.

The expedited local partnership program (ELPP) allows school districts that are two years away from state assistance to receive a district-wide assessment and master facility plan (with either new construction or major renovation) from the OSFC.

The ELPP program has four phases: eligibility and application, facilities assessment and master planning, project agreement and funding; and the expedited local partnership program project itself.

The ELPP includes: the scope of the project, state and local share percentages, local project phase requirements, locally funded initiative requirements, reporting requirements, eligibility for state assistance, contract administration, general provisions, preliminary credit analysis and the locally funded initiatives description.

According to Superintendent Eric Herman, the district’s state funding for facility improvements or new construction has been estimated at approximately 32 percent.

“It’s just part of the process,” Herman said. “They (OSFC) has a different order on how they do things so we just want to make sure we have something in place.”

The application states the school district plans to place a levy or bond issue on the November 2017 ballot.

“This is expressing our intent to be on the ballot in November,” Trostle said. “Now we are putting teeth to it.”

Board member Tom Kleptz asked if the application ties the district to place a levy on the ballot, which Herman said it does not. Community meetings are still being held in regards to the district’s facility planning process.

Herman said the application allows the district to seek state funds for its future projects if and when it proceeds to seek local funds from the community.

“It finalizes our intent,” Trostle said.

“We can walk away from it if we want to,” Herman said.

Herman said he plans on meeting with OSFC officials today.

The board tapped Doug Trostle as president and Joyce Reives as vice president for the 2017 year. The board will meet at 5:30 p.m. every second Monday of the month at the board office, except for November.

District seeks state input for facilities plan

By Melanie Yingst