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Here are some answers to FAQs pertaining to the Manchester Local School district Nov 5th 8.78 mil bond issue, Issue #8. This section will be updated as questions come in, as there is much that the Board wants to share about how this project will positively impact the entire community.
Answer: Even though our buildings look good, with shiny floors and well-painted rooms, the story of the infrastructure and the change in how curriculum needs to be met in a 21st century educational setting tells a different story.
Thousands of students have passed through the hallways of old buildings. MHS was opened in 1959 with additions in 1974. Nolley Elementary opened in 1961, with an addition in 1968. MMS was opened in 1974 in its current form. Nimisila School, which is now closed, was opened in 1951, and the Central Admin Office was opened in 1928.
Answer: This project, with the help of the Ohio School Facilities Commission (OSFC), will cost the homeowner of a $100,000 tax-assessed home by the auditor (not market value), $25.61 per month. See this page to calculate your exact cost.
The auditor has stated that the millage for our project will be 8.78 mills for homeowners, including ½ mill for building upkeep. The total projected cost is $34 million, which includes:
For a comparison it should be noted that the Woodridge District just recently opened a Pre-K to grade 5 building for approximately $30 million. The State is funding 41% of our new high school but the district, in order to make the project work, must pay for the remodel and the additional facilities. This project will impact our next 60 years by adding value to community homes and giving our kids a 21st century education.
Answer: That is a good question, and the answer is in the first question above. Ohio requires that if they give money for buildings there must be a ½ mill specifically dedicated for maintenance and upkeep. So your investment is kept safe for many years to come. without the need for additional money. because a portion of what you vote for must go directly for upkeep.
Answer: There are many daily living issues for students and staff. Here are a few examples:
Answer: Just as our buildings are old and in need of replacement to become more effective, cost efficient, and safe for kids, so too are other facilities in desperate need. The district wants to be good stewards of funding, and protect our community investments. The track has not been redone for 20 years; it looks good from a distance but the paint cannot hide the deterioration of the patches or potential safety concerns when you are on the surface. The track has long outlived a normal life of a track for use by students and the community, as it gets used daily both in and out of athletic seasons and we don't want to close it down if it becomes a safety concern.
The football playing field is green but the bleachers, even when painted, cannot hide their wear. Most recently our band bleachers were condemned and had to be taken out, and our home bleachers are barely able to pass inspections that take place every year for safety purposes. There are several school districts near us who have had the same issues with condemned bleachers and have had to play all their football games at away facilities.
New field facilities would be built with the understanding that both boys and girls soccer would be using the field, as it would be a playing surface that could take continuous play without ground crew mowing, fertilizing or paying for field paint. A new field house would be constructed, where the old and new high schools are located. This field house could be used in the winter for other sport practices like wrestling in order to cut down on space in the new high school.
New drama, musical and meeting facilities would also be a part of a new high school building. These will have climate control, as well as sound and lighting systems, for student productions and assemblies in an auditorium-setting that could also be used by community groups and large group State required testing.
Another advantage of this project is the district would now have seating in a gym area for elementary student activities, instead of having to sit on the floor of what is the cafeteria and gym, with a separate stage for their productions.
The new projects would also provide adequate parking on black-topped surfaces, not just for outdoor activities but also school plays, open houses at the elementary, and the fine arts festival, just to mention a few. There would be additional parking at the new high school and the refurbished old high school, all in a campus setting.
The entire district would also have 3 competition-sized gyms, not just for athletics but for after-school and summer programming, as well as community events.
Out of the $19 million dollars needed for a complete district renovation for our students; there will only be approximately $4. 2 million spent on the needed athletic piece of the project to protect the communities’ investment.
Answer: YES there will be central air conditioning in the remodeled building along with updated ventilation and heating to help with controlling air circulation that will then help control airborne outbreaks for students and staff. The entire building, just to mention a few items, from classroom furniture and restrooms to lighting and a student cafeteria will be updated along with many other items.
Also, both buildings will utilize energy efficient and energy star rated equipment. This will put into place cost saving efficient equipment that will save money in the long run. The project will impact our district over the next 60 years by adding value to community homes and giving our kids a 21st Century education.
Answer: Great Question and I am glad you asked. Students from Nolley or the 5th grade will not be moved until the new High School is complete. There will be no students from the elementary grades in with High School students. When you hear the statement that work on the current old High School will start immediately that means; items that can be done in the summer and on breaks such as heating and cooling systems, lighting updates and ventilation along with updates to flooring and doors for example will take place . Items that can be done while students are not in session will be worked upon over the breaks so that when the new High School is complete the time frame for bigger construction, dealing with individual rooms and changing to smaller restrooms for the smaller inhabitants and addressing classroom furnishings and any technology issues, can be done much more quickly over a summer as needed. This will make the move quicker and smoother as major infrastructure will have been addressed on summer and vacation breaks. Only when the new High School is complete, this takes a year of planning and approximately 2 years of construction, will any students be moved. Only then will elementary students, including grade 5, begin the migration to the remodeled building—Nolley as a school will remain until all students can be moved at one time with the addition of the new High School and remodeled building—then Nolley will be abated.
Have additions questions? Feel free to email our Superintendent Doc Robinson and ask him directly! James.Robinson@manchester-panthers.org
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