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Tallmadge Board of Education OKs second step to place bond issues on fall ballot

by ellin walsh | REPORTER Published: August 7, 2016 12:00 AM
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The Tallmadge City Schools Board of Education on Aug. 2 approved the second step to place a pair of bond issue requests on the November election ballot. The vote was 4 to 0, with Jennifer Justice-Carter absent.

Voters will face two separate bond issues on the General Election ballot: a 3.9-mill academic bond issue and a 0.9 mill-athletics bond issue.

District officials face an Aug. 10 deadline for submitting required resolutions to the Summit County Board of Elections.

The district has developed a master plan which features the construction of a new elementary school to house prekindergarten through grade five and a new middle school to house grades six through eight onto a single campus where the current middle school sits. That improvement is estimated at $45 million, according to the district's Chief Operating Officer Steve Wood. About $14 million of the $45 million cost would be borne by the state, he said. The school district hopes to raise its share of the expense through passage of bond issues.

School officials propose to move the outdoor athletic facilities for high school sports from the middle school campus to the high school campus. What's eyed is a new stadium and baseball and softball complexes at an estimated cost between $10 million and $12 million. The proposed athletic bond issue would raise approximately $7 million.

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"This would be enough, the basics, to get all varsity athletics over to the high school campus," according to Wood. "Corporate sponsors will be an important part of going beyond the basics and creating facilities that our community will be proud of," he added.

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