Permanent improvements identified for the Cuyahoga Falls City School District over the next five years

by ellin walsh | REPORTER Published:

Cuyahoga Falls -- The permanent improvement levy being considered by the Cuyahoga Falls Board of Education is a critical component in a staggered strategy to addressing the district's long-term facility needs, Superintendent Dr. Todd M. Nichols says.

The School Board will meet Jan. 28 to consider taking the second of two steps toward putting a permanent improvement levy on the May 7 ballot.

Financial assistance for constructing, renovating or rehabilitating buildings can be requested through the Ohio School Facility Commission. Nichols says he favors pursuing such funds which would pay for approximately 25 percent of construction costs. "[But] given our position on the list of schools to be granted access to their share of the money, which is based on property valuation per pupil in the district," Nichols says, "we will not have access to the funds for approximately three years." The proposed permanent improvement levy, Nichols said, "will help us bridge the gap." District officials could then "request bond issue funding for new/renovated buildings when we have real-time access to OSFC funds," the superintendent says.

The permanent improvement levy and construction/renovation projects would allow district officials to implement curricular and programming changes "with more efficacy," according to Nichols.

District Treasurer David Hoskin estimates the proposed permanent improvement levy would raise $2.3 million annually and cost the owner of a home valued at $100,000 "almost $92 per year." The School Board unanimously approved a resolution asking the Summit County auditor to calculate and certify the amount of revenue that would be generated by a 3-mill permanent improvement levy. The Board faces a Feb. 6 deadline for submitting the necessary paperwork to get the proposal on the May 7 ballot.

email: ewalsh@recordpub.com

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