Meetings focuses on schools’ future


Community input sought for district’s buildings

TROY — On Monday, Troy City Schools held its first of three community input meetings regarding the district’s facility plan and discussed whether to maintain or renovate its current buildings or build new buildings.

SHP, the district’s facility consultant and architect firm, presented dollar signs and design options generated by their research as well as the Ohio School Facilities Commission (OSFC) projections.

Superintendent Eric Herman said the meetings were being held to get an idea what the community was seeking in terms of its facilities.

“What we are trying to do is get some ideas,” Herman shared. Approximately 75 people attended the meeting including staff, parents and community members.

The Power Point of the presentation is available online on the school’s website at www.troy.k12.oh.us under the tab “Future of Learning.”

Two more community meetings will be held Tuesday, April 4, and Tuesday, May 9. Each meeting will be held beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Troy High School cafeteria.

The board of education will have until August to file a potential levy issue for the November ballot based on the community’s input for its facility plan if they decide to take action this year.

District officials shared a variety of options including renovations, additions, land options, but no decision has been formally made to date.

A community resident asked what the estimated cost would be to the average homeowner if the district sought to build new buildings.

Troy City Schools treasurer Jeff Price said if the district decided to seek funding for a building project around the $43 to $48 million range, a property tax levy would likely be in the 4.5 to 5-mill range for a 30 year project. The cost to a property owner would be approximately $170 per year for a $100,000 home valuation in that millage range, according to Price.

At the end of the session, the meeting’s participants shared their opinions through a paper and Smartphone app survey with live results displayed on the screen.

The most popular building option was Option D during the first session. Option D featured two campuses for Pre-K to sixth grades. For more information about the options, see below.

The participants also stated their main concerns with the district’s current facilities was the lack of air conditioning, then technology, then security and accessibility scored last.

MAINTAIN STATUS QUO

To maintain the district’s facilities as they are, SHP estimates it will cost $12.9 million to keep the district’s buildings “warm, safe and dry” in their current state based on a five-year facilities plan. The figure includes $2.5 million from projected district support, maintenance fees and inflation and “soft” costs. The district’s buildings range in age from the 106-year-old Van Cleve to the 45-year-old junior high building. The junior high is the only building in the district with air conditioning.

The maintenance figure includes: $2 million for the district’s buildings’ envelope or exterior work; $1.3 million to maintain the paint and flooring of all the buildings; $3.6 million to maintain plumbing, mechanical and electrical systems; $913,000 for site work such as sidewalk, pavement and playgrounds.

It would also cost an additional $2.5 million to maintain the district’s support facilities,which include the transportation building, technology, preschool located at Van Cleve, warehouse, and athletic facilities including Troy Memorial Stadium and the administration/BOE building.

District officials said if the community chooses to keep the district’s buildings as they are, they would have to seek an increase in the capital improvement fund. According to officials, the district would need approximately $3 million a year to maintain its district’s facilities versus the approximately $685,000 per year the current levy generates now.

RENOVATION and BUILDING OPTIONS

SHP provided a variety of building and renovation options for the community to consider along with its price tag and projected state share.

The district has qualified for 33 percent state funding from the Ohio Schools Facility Commission. The OSFC requires at least 350 students in each building for state funds.

Herman shared how the district has considered expanding or building using nearby potential park land adjacent to some elementary schools such as Heywood to add on or build new buildings. Concord Elementary also has land to build. The Cookson Elementary school has park land owned by the city.

Option D featured two campuses for Pre-K to 6th grades. SHP’s Jeff Parker explained the two new schools would would share a common areas like gyms, cafeteria and auditorium spaces. Option D would maintain the high school and junior high as status quo. The projected cost of the entire project would be $60.8 million with Troy’s share of the project to cost $40.7 million.

SHP presented Option A, which presented the formula to renovate and add on to the district’s elementary schools to make them Pre-K to 6th grades with Heywood, Hook and Kyle adding on to their buildings. The option also demolish of the Van Cleve and the high school and junior high to remain as they are. The Ohio Schools Facilities Commission projected cost for Option A is $34.7 million funding by the Troy community with a $17.1 million state share for a total of $51.8 million

Another Option, named Option X, showed community members what it would cost to build five new elementary schools as well as a 6-8 grade building and new senior high school. Option X would cost $141 million with Troy’s share being approximately $95 million.

Option B presented four new Pre-K to 6th grade buildings with the junior and high schools staying the same. The cost of Option B was estimated to be $70.1 million with Troy’s share of the project of $46.9 million. which the board of education seemed most interested in at a work session earlier this year.

Option C presented two new Pre-K-2 grade buildings and two new 3-6th intermediate building at a cost of $69 million total.

Another option the district is exploring is to renovate the district’s buildings, which range in age from the 106-year-old Van Cleve to the 45-year-old junior high building. According to SHP, to outfit all the buildings with air conditioning, heating systems and upgrade plumbing and electric alone would cost approximately $51 million.

For more information, visit www.troy.k12.oh.us.

Community input sought for district’s buildings