Milford Schools want to pass a 2.47 mile bond in the Nov. 2 poll to demolish the existing high school building and build a new middle school for grades six to eight.
The 30-year bond, totaling $ 55.9 million, would only serve these two primary purposes and site traffic / traffic flow considerations.
In addition, the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission approved contribution funds of $ 11,559,512 for the project. These government matching funds must be used within 13 months.
If adopted, the owner of a home valued at $ 100,000 would pay an additional $ 86.45 in taxes.
Built in 1962, the Junior High School has been talking about it for almost two decades.
The Sun recently spoke to Superintendent John Spieser about the bond.
Spieser said a school built in the 1960s was intended for students of the 1960s and 1970s.
“We are asking the community for a six to eight building that will allow our staff and students to be flexible in their spaces, flexible during a pandemic – we really could have used a space like this now – but very important , allow our students to compete with the world. We are not in competition with our neighbors, we are in competition with the world market. So our students and staff deserve a world-class facility and world-class education rolled into one, ”he said.
Spieser started as a teacher at Junior High School in 1994 and said he liked Junior High, but “it’s about time”.
“They deserve an environment designed for 2025,” he said.
And it’s not like the District has let the building down; Spieser pointed out that they did preventative maintenance.
“It gets to a point where this facility is, how much money are you spending on fixing a roof?” Are you just fixing sections of it? you fix everything? It’s not like it hasn’t been serviced, ”he said. “I would invite anyone to walk through this building now; you could eat off the ground, it’s spotless. It’s nice. But we’ve been putting lipstick on a pig for a long time.
After the previous unsuccessful attempt at a bail measure in the May 2019 ballot, then superintendent Nancy House established and participated in meetings of the Community Advisory Committee made up of various stakeholders within the community, including including parents with children in schools, business owners and those without children in schools.
The general conclusion of the CAT was that they wanted state funding to help with expenses, to only take care of a new college and reduce the length of the bond from 37 years to 30 years.
The amount of the bond itself has also dropped significantly, from $ 98 million requested in 2019 to $ 55.9 million for that expected in the November 2 ballot.
Dave Meranda, a member of the Milford Schools Board of Trustees, who also attended the CAT meetings, said the board has met all of these requirements.
“We’re doing everything the community told us two summers ago, so we’re just following the community’s instructions,” he said.
In a quote provided to The Sun, Chris Hamm, chairman of the board, said buildings do not necessarily contribute to better education, but can “restrict the education and growth of students.”
“Milford is consistently in the top 10 school districts in Ohio by most metrics and rankings, especially when it comes to life preparation. And is one of the best school districts for money management. (state auditor’s track record and award) and transparency (Ohio checkbook, live broadcasts, access to board agenda and attachments before meetings, in person from June 2020 with public comment), ”continued Hamm. “No one wants more taxes, but a good school district fuels a community and improves assets. We have a 13-month window to use these public funds and only one November to do so. “