Created on Friday, 19 October 2012 Written by NATE SMITH
At first the plan was to address only areas of immediate need, such as the failing roof and heating and cooling systems.
Signs supporting a 7.56 mill November bond issue for West Liberty-Salem schools have recently begun appearing throughout the district. (EXAMINER PHOTO | NATE SMITH)
But when West Liberty-Salem administrators and the board of education began examining various options available to them, it was determined a major overhaul of the district’s K-12 building in conjunction with the Ohio Schools Facilities Commission would provide the best possible value.
That option now is being presented to the 4,000 or so registered voters within the district, and school officials hope they’ll agree to pass a 7.56 mill, 27-year permanent improvement levy Nov. 6.
Taxpayers with property valued between $75,000 and $150,000 would pay about an extra $250 per year.
“When we started to look at specific maintenance needs we also looked at other ways to pay for them,” Superintendent Kraig Hissong said, referencing a specific funding source through the state that would have covered about a million dollars’ worth of energy-efficient renovations.
“When we really looked at it, though, we had about 11 million dollars’ worth of immediate needs.”
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