February 22, 2024
Troy BOE proceeds with constructing plans

By Matt Clevenger

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TROY — Members of the Troy Metropolis Colleges Board of Schooling have agreed to maneuver ahead with plans to hunt state funding to assist assemble a complete of 4 new college buildings for the district.

Plans embrace the potential building of three new pre-Okay by fourth-grade buildings and one new fifth- and sixth-grade constructing, at a complete estimated price of $153.4 million. State funding from the Ohio Amenities Building Fee (OFCC) would cowl roughly 42% of the buildings’ price; the remaining could be funded by a 6.17-mill levy that might seem on the poll earlier than voters in November. The levy millage would equal roughly $18 month-to-month in extra prices per $100,000 of property valuation.

“We are able to both ask for property tax to cowl the cash we want, or we are able to additionally ask for revenue tax or a mixture of the 2,” BOE President Sue Borchers mentioned.

Board members mentioned the constructing and levy plans throughout a particular assembly with members of the general public and the district’s constructing committee held on Friday, Could 19. Board members have been required to offer the OFCC a verbal dedication on the variety of buildings to be included within the mission by the tip of that day, with a purpose to safe the district’s place in line for potential funding.

“We began a constructing committee in January, and once we began we thought we have been getting funding for brand new elementary faculties in 2024,” Borchers mentioned. “A couple of month in the past, we acquired a name from the OFCC that mentioned ‘we’ve funding for you in 2023.”

Places for the brand new buildings haven’t been determined but, however board members did talk about two potential new websites positioned on state Route 718 and Swailes Highway. Present Okay-6 grade constructing websites might additionally presumably be used for some or all the buildings.

“They’re asking us to decide to the variety of buildings, not essentially the place these buildings are positioned,” Borchers mentioned.

Board members additionally thought of two different three-building plans that may have price both $149 million or $150 million. The three-building plans would have concerned passage of levies equal to both $17.73 or $17.56 per 30 days for every $100,000 of property valuation.

“For those who have a look at the prices, you’ll see that the distinction isn’t drastically completely different between these prices,” Borchers mentioned. “Principally as a result of the buildings are larger, and for the pre-Okay by six buildings, now you’ve got classroom sizes, and so on, affecting all three buildings versus only one constructing. It does enhance the price of these three buildings.”

Board members in contrast three and four-building plans, and mentioned the feasibility of neighborhood faculties sooner or later.

“We can’t financially afford the neighborhood faculties we’ve in the present day,” Board member Theresa Packard mentioned.

“If you’d like true neighborhood faculties, we’ve bought it,” Board member Doug Trostle mentioned. “They’re deteriorating, they’re very pricey, we’ve no trainer collaboration, we’ve no security, we’ve nothing however we’ve bought neighborhood faculties.”

“To be an environment friendly college district, we have to consolidate, with higher trainer collaboration, higher pupil range inside all of the buildings,” he mentioned. “It is a modified plan of 4 places strategically positioned all through the neighborhood; what the constructing’s configuration is on every of these 4 websites is but to be decided.”

The entire plans thought of would additionally embrace funding for upgrades to the HVAC techniques on the Troy Excessive College constructing together with the addition of air con.

“It’s truly the standard of air; it’s air air flow, and motion of air all through the constructing,’ Trostle mentioned.

“It’s the entire system,” Troy Excessive College principal Dave Dilbone mentioned. “We now have the outdated boiler system from 1957 that you must activate within the fall and switch off within the spring.”

Enhancements would additionally embrace upgrades to the highschool constructing’s electrical system.

“We had a time frame within the final couple of years the place we misplaced energy to 1 a part of the constructing due to our electrical points,” Dilbone mentioned.

Board members additionally mentioned two earlier levy makes an attempt that failed in 2017 and 2020.

“With the final levy marketing campaign, we didn’t have dedicated state funding, so what we have been asking voters to approve was the total price,” Borchers mentioned.

“I’d actually prefer to have extra conversations within the coming weeks earlier than there’s a vote,” Board member Levi Fox mentioned. “If we’re asking an excessive amount of, the residents of Troy have a historical past of claiming no. We wish to fund what we actually assume is most necessary, and whenever you attempt to add extra stuff in there they won’t help it.”

Board members are actually ready to obtain a discover of conditional approval (NOCA) from the OFCC, which ought to arrive inside seven to 10 days, and can schedule one other particular assembly to vote on the plan throughout the subsequent fourteen days.

“As soon as we get the NOCA, we’ve to make a vote earlier than June 2,” Borchers mentioned.

“The subsequent step could be we’ve to approve a request to put our levy on the poll by Aug. 8,” she mentioned. “Right now, we must decide what our precise configuration goes to be.”