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Tallmadge School Board approves 2017-19 school calendars

By ELLIN WALSH Reporter Published: February 5, 2017 12:00 AM
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Tallmadge --- The Tallmadge Board of Education has adopted calendars for the 2017-18 and 2018-19 school years.

The primary purpose for adopting multi-year calendars is to accommodate long-range planning goals for the district and its families. "The two-year calendar came from parent suggestions about them being better able to plan ahead," Superintendent Jeff Ferguson said.

The calendars were approved in a unanimous vote during the Jan. 18 school board meeting.

The first day of classes for students in 2017 will be Aug. 16, with May 25, 2018, designated as the last day of classes. Winter break is scheduled from Dec. 25, 2017 to Jan. 4, 2018, and spring break from March 26 through 30, 2018.

The first day of classes for students in 2018 will be Aug. 15, with May 29, 2019, designated as the last day of classes. Winter break is scheduled from Dec. 24, 2018 to Jan. 4, 2019, and spring break from March 25 through 29, 2019.

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Also on Jan. 18, the Board adopted three resolutions paving the way for the issuance of bonds in late March or early April for the academic and athletic projects approved by voters in the November 2016 General Election: (1) A $9.9 million bond sale for the construction of new schools; (2) The remainder of the school building construction piece in another $21.1 million bond sale; and (3) a $7.2 million in athletic bonds.

Voters in the Tallmadge City School District endorsed a 3.9-mill academic bond issue and a 0.9- mill athletics bond issue.

The 3.9-mill bond issue will be used to consolidate three schools into two on the current middle school campus, a building for kindergarten through grade five and a building for students in grades six through eight. According to the superintendent, consolidating buildings on one campus would mean savings in terms of operational and transportation expenses. He also says the new buildings would boast state-of-the-art security, facilitate technology use and incorporate flexible classroom spaces to permit collaborative learning.

Construction of the new school buildings, as proposed, is anticipated to cost $45 million. Ferguson says the Ohio School Facilities Commission has agreed to pay 31 percent or $14 million of that $45 million cost. The school district will raise its share of the expense --- $31 million --- through passage of the academic bond issue.

The 0.9-mill athletics bond issue will cover a portion of the cost of moving the outdoor athletic facilities for high school sports from the middle school campus to the high school campus.

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