The Northeastern Local School District Board of Education voted on Thursday, March 15, on a necessary consolidation plan that would be enacted for the 2019-2020 school year to reduce facilities expenditures if the May 8 bond issue is not approved.
The district faces a number of upcoming facilities expenses to address problems in the aging school buildings such as leaking roofs, poor air quality, heating and air conditioning regulation, plumbing problems, and other issues.
A bond issue on the ballot May 8 would pay for the local portion of construction of two new preschool through 12th grade facilities"one near South Vienna and one near Northridge, with the state of Ohio contributing more than $40 million toward the project.
The board voted Thursday night on a consolidation plan that would:
- close Rolling Hills Elementary
- utilize South Vienna and Northridge as preschool through 5th grade elementary buildings
- send all 6th through 8th grade students to Kenton Ridge
- send all 9th through 12th grade students to Northeastern High School
By eliminating one building, the district will reduce necessary repairs in the future and be able to concentrate limited funds available for facilities upgrades toward the remaining four buildings. The consolidation plan would save more than $1 million each year to help pay for repairs at the remaining facilities.
The consolidation plan is a contingency plan in the event that the May 8 bond issue is not approved. If the tax issue is approved in May, the district would engage in a facilities partnership with the state of Ohio to construct new school facilities for Northeastern Local students and the consolidation plan would not be needed. For more information on the May 8 bond issue, please visit bit.ly/NELSDMay8.