In recent years, voters in the Warren Local School District have repeatedly rejected levy proposals to fund significant infrastructure repairs to its schools.
After a narrow defeat in 2011, the issue is back on the ballot – a three point forty-five mill, twenty-year bond issue and five-mill improvement levy to construct a new high school and make repairs to existing buildings.
Warren Superintendent Tom Gibbs tells WMOA News this is a compromise from last year’s proposal.
“The bond for that high school is a twenty year bond, as opposed to twenty-eight years, so it’s a shorter term and less money from each individual tax payers,” explains Gibbs, “Additionally the mill is for a shorter amount of time at ten years instead of twenty-eight; and it is to do exactly what the voters have asked us to do, and that is try to repair the buildings we currently use and continue to use them as long as we can.”
While he says specific construction details are not yet definite, the new High School would probably be built between State Route 339 and Barlow-Vincent Elementary.
“Potentially the students at B-V would be re-located to a temporary facility while the high school would be constructed. The Ohio Schools Facility Commission has a lot of experience with that type of scenario and will provide money to allow for a temporary modular school set-up.”
Gibbs adds that the current absence of high school bussing – a notable contention among voters – would be restored if the bond and levy pass next week.
“Immediately, on November 7th we would begin the process to get busses back on the road as quickly as possible, with a goal to have them back before January. The biggest challenge will be getting qualified drivers for all the routes,” says Gibbs.
Superintendent Gibbs says an informational mailer about the bond and levy went out to all Warren school district voters this week. For more details, voters can go online to warren-local-dot-org or call their office with questions at 678.2366, extension 112.