Perkins Schools: Wake up, want to go?
Alissa Widman Neese
Mar 29, 2013 at 9:53 AM
Perkins Schools will no longer use state funds to help construct a new building for junior high and high school students.
Instead, local taxpayers must front the entire $50 million for the levy-dependent project.
The school board plans to ditch the Ohio Schools Facilities Commission’s exceptional needs program, instead joining its expedited local partnership program.
Board members may approve the switch at 7 a.m. today at a special meeting.
Want to go
What: Perkins school board meets
When: 7 a.m. today
Where: Board room at Perkins High School, 3714 Campbell St.
Why: Approve a change
The board has voted to follow the advice it's gotten on the proposed building project.
“Three separate, independent analyses have said the best use of tax dollars is to rebuild, not renovate,” District superintendent Jim Gunner said. “But we won’t move forward with any construction without an operating levy to stabilize our operations.”
The Register posed a few questions on the project:
Q: What is the difference between the Ohio Schools Facilities Commission’s exceptional needs program and expedited local partnership program?
A: The exceptional needs program provides a percentage of the costs upfront to construct a new school building. The expedited local partnership program provides the same amount of money as a credit to use on a future project after a district has already constructed or renovated a building on its own. For Perkins Schools, that amount is 15 percent, or about $7 million for their $50 million project.
Q: Why did this change happen?
A: Perkins Schools could not confirm it was able to build a new building in time to use the exceptional needs program because voters have not approved a levy to provide the necessary funding. Additionally, the district’s completed designs would have to be significantly modified to meet the commission’s standards. This also couldn’t occur in a reasonable timeframe.
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