Bristol drops bond issue
BRISTOL – Following the defeat last week of an 8.1-mill emergency renewal levy, the Board of Education by a 3-1 vote Wednesday decided to withdraw a 5.15-mill bond issue it planned to run on the August special election ballot.
School district voters defeated the renewal levy in the May 6 primary election by 56.5 percent against to 43.4 percent for.
The board plans to try again with the renewal levy on the ballot in November, but President Dennis Lenney and members Don Mickel and Scott Chapman voted to take the bond issue off the August ballot.
”Because of the renewal levy defeat and the bond issue defeat last November, we felt it was not the time for a bond issue,” Lenney said.
Board Vice President John Hickey, who cast the ”no” vote, said he wanted to give the bond issue another try, noting repairs are needed to the high school building.
”No matter what, the problems in the building are not going to go away,” he said.
Board member Kathie Johnson was absent from the meeting.
Lenney said the board will review and evaluate what can be maintained and what will need repaired in the high school building.
The bond issue would have raised the school district’s local share toward an $18 million high school for grades seven to 12. If passed the bond would have generated $9.5 million, and the Ohio Schools Facilities Commission would have provided the other $8.7 million for construction.
Voters already rejected a 5.6-mill bond issue request in November 2013, by a 62 percent to 38 percent count.
The high school was constructed in 1918. School officials said despite maintenance efforts, rooms are either very hot or very cold, ceilings leak, and the building is not able to be modernized.
Plans were for a 150,000-square-foot building, smaller than the current, but with larger classrooms. The project would have also included remodeling current classrooms into new board offices.
Bristol was one of 19 districts from across the Buckeye state that received an offer of funding from the OSFC, which oversees the state’s school facility renovation and construction program.