Cuyahoga Falls City School District is looking at a do-over.
Since the district's failed attempt last year to pass a bond issue to build a new campus on the site of Bolich Middle School and the former Newberry School, and improve existing buildings, the district has been seeking the community's thoughts on where to go next.
"Uniting For Our Future" is the new name of the group that meets the second and fourth Wednesday of each month. Hosted by the district's superintendent, the group's second meeting took place in the high school's Little Theater on Sept. 14. Around 50 people attended.
"I am sincere," said Superintendent Dr. Todd Nichols. "I want your input. We've hit the reset button."
Nichols answered the most frequently asked questions that were received at the group's first meeting Aug. 24. Known then as "Building Our Future Together," the group has changed its name, he pointed out.
The name was changed on the recommendation of members of the business community, Nichols said, based on a fear that voters would confuse any proposed bond issue with an upcoming issue on the November ballot. Before anything new is proposed by the district, voters will be asked on Nov. 8 to renew a 9.97-mill replacement levy that was approved in May 2011. This levy generates more than $7.3 million annually, he said, and it expires at the end of this year.
"If it doesn't pass in November, we immediately lose for the next half of this fiscal year $3.65 million in revenue," he said.
See the Sept. 18 edition of the Cuyahoga Falls News-Press for the complete story.
Having attended the first and second meeting, and now awaiting the third, I have high hopes for the residents and the school to come together and make the most of this opportunity.