I am writing in support of the Bristol Local (Trumbull) School District's bond issue on the Nov. 5 ballot because the district will use the funds to make desperately needed repairs on school facilities.
Bristol Schools have been approved by the Ohio School Facilities Commission (OSFC) to receive $8,764,402 to rebuild the middle/high school portions of the Bristol K-12 facility, and to complete various renovations / upgrades of the elementary school.
However, the district must pass a bond issue to raise the remaining $9.5 million toward the total project cost of $18,264,402. The levy will cost a $100,000 homeowner just $197.75 each year.
The project will include demolition of most of the portions of the existing middle/high school, the oldest portion having been built in 1918. The elementary school portion will remain and will receive renovations to bring it up to current code. A new, modern, 49,000-square-foot (approximate) middle/high school will be constructed on the south end of the elementary school, with a connector joining the two schools together.
The project will be constructed in phases to minimize disruption while school is in session. Most importantly, the overall facility, once completed, will provide a safe learning environment, with security as the paramount design factor.
Bristol Local School District has a history of strong student achievement. Since learning can be hindered by facilities that are in disrepair, I urge residents of Bristol Local School District to support high-quality schools and vote yes on the levy on Nov. 5.
-- Rob Delane, Deputy Executive Director, Ohio School, Boards Association, Columbus