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Champion schools get to work in a flash

Board approves project day after passage of renewal levy

CHAMPION — The Champion Board of Education already is moving forward with projects at the high school, as school district voters approved Tuesday the renewal of a 1.5-mill, five-year permanent improvement levy.

The board at a special meeting Wednesday approved a proposal from Plug Smart obtained through the district’s membership with the Interlocal Purchasing System, which offers access to competitively procured purchasing contracts, for installation of air conditioning to improve indoor air quality at the high school at $449,695.

Officials said a portion of the the costs for the air conditioning will be paid by pandemic relief funds.

Voters approved the 1.5-mill permanent renewal levy 337 to 217 in Tuesday’s general election, according to incomplete and unofficial results from the Trumbull County Board of Elections.

Champion Superintendent John Grabowski thanked the community for continuing to support the schools. He said the long-term effects of the levy will keep the high school building safe for many years.

The school is about 75 years old.

The funding will be used to help maintain the high school and bus garage buildings.

Treasurer Laurena Rouan said the $125,000 generated annually from the levy will be put toward maintaining the roof, pavement, windows and doors, along with the heating and ventilation systems.

The levy was first put on the ballot in 2016 and was up for renewal.

Grabowski said plans are for an asphalt project and maintenance work at the bus garage.

The high school track, which is eight years old, also will need replaced in the future, Grabowski said.

“We want to continue maintaining the high school building without having to have a bond levy or operating levy,” he said.

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