TROY — Troy voters rejected the 4.61-mill levy to build the two new elementary schools and make improvements, such as adding air conditioning to the common areas at the high school, on Tuesday.
The bond issue received 2,684 votes for the project and 4,021 votes against the project. The results are unofficial and include all 33 precincts reporting as of press-time.
Superintendent Eric Herman said, “It’s kind of sad that we’ve lost a good opportunity.”
President Doug Trostle said the district will move forward and “continue to educate kids.”
Herman said the district will go back to the drawing board and review results.
“We’ll look at the results and have a discussion at where we are at. That will take some board discussion and some planning to get there,” Herman said. “It’s definitely disappointing.”
Herman said they’ll see how voting numbers shape up and study those results and plan ahead.
“We’ll continue to have conversations with the community and go from there,” Trostle said.
The 30-year bond issue included 0.5-mills for permanent improvement for maintenance, which is required for the additional Ohio Schools Facility Commission funding. The district qualified for 33 percent state funding from the Ohio Schools Facility Commission if the levy is passed. The OFSC would have funded approximately $16 million for a total project cost of around $63.3 million.
The district planned to 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.
In August, the board of education entered into a contingent contract to purchase nearly 59 acres to build the Pre-K through sixth-grade buildings. The contract expires in December.
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.
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