Members of the Pettisville School Board said they will host a series of Monday night meetings to discuss the proposed new school district building.
The board is asking voters in the school district to approve a $4.8 million bond issue. The money would be the local share for a new school valued at about $22.39 million. The remainder of the money will come from the Ohio School Facilities Commission.
Board members announced the Monday meetings will start Oct. 6, and will be held every Monday until Nov. 3.
Each meeting starts at 7 pm. All will be held at the Pettisville School, with the exception of Monday, Oct. 13, which will be held at Tedrow Mennonite Church.
Attendees will have a chance to review new, improved drafts of the plans for the building. There will be an opportunity to discuss options, make suggestions, and ask questions.
Steve Switzer, school district superintendent, said so far, reaction to the district’s plan to construct a new building has been positive.
"People are saying, ‘I’m not sure how this economy will go, but I will support the school,’" Switzer said.
"I think people recognize, when they look at the (cost) sharing situation, this is an important opportunity," he said.
If voters approve a 7.86-mill, 28-year property tax levy to repay the school bonds, plus a state-required half-mill levy to maintain the building, the OSFC will construct a two-story, 97,618-square-foot building.
The State of Ohio, through OSFC, will pay 82% of the cost.
The new building will be built directly south of the present building. The 1994 gym, library, and office addition will be utilized, as well as some elementary classrooms.
The original high school and the western portion of the elementary will be demolished.
The board estimates that for the owner of a home valued at $100,000, the school building project will cost an extra $20 per month in taxes.
Switzer said the Pettisville Local School District doesn’t need a new building right now,
"Will we need one in the near future? Probably. Will we need one in five to 10 years? Defi- nitely.
But the funding package offered by the Ohio School Facilities Commission will probably not be available in the future.
"The opportunity is here, now," Switzer said.