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Blue Streaks rally for support

Alissa Widman Neese • Aug 24, 2014 at 10:57 PM


Sandusky Schools has assembled an impressive roster of supporters to prep voters for the polls in November.

A handful of community activists, alumni and district stakeholders recently rallied to form the core of the district's bond issue campaign committee.

Even so, there's still room to grow.

On Tuesday, Sandusky Schools officials will host their first campaign meeting of the year, where they hope to gather volunteers to promote the district's bond issue on the Nov. 4 ballot.

If approved, the 3.98-mill, 34-year bond issue would fund the largest building project in Sandusky Schools history.

The first gathering to discuss the measure, called "Building Better Dreams," will be 6-7 p.m. Tuesday in Room 300 of Sandusky High School. Anyone can attend.

Subsequent committee meetings will take place at the same time and location every Tuesday.

On this week's agenda: organize a campaign strategy, assign sub-committees and develop goals, while also considering ways to encourage other community members to participate.

Campaign leaders will also introduce themselves to the group.

"I'm looking forward to engaging citizens throughout the community," district superintendent Eugene Sanders said. "We will embrace this historic opportunity to provide quality and transformational educational opportunities for our students for generations to come."

Sandusky Schools bond issue campaign leaders

•Mary Aaron — 1974 Sandusky High School graduate, Erie County Job and Family Services administrator, band and choir program volunteer.

•Judy Corso — 1965 Sandusky High School graduate, 16-year school board member, community activist.

•Jim Hart — 1969 Sandusky High School graduate, 16-year school board member.

•Craig Hofer — Loris Printing chief executive officer, Blue Streak Booster Club and Band Parents Association member.

•Gene Kidwell — former Sandusky Schools teacher, high school principal, legendary football coach and school board member.

Sandusky Schools bond issue

•If approved, would generate $30 million for a building project costing $58 million total. The proposal would construct two new elementary school buildings, demolish two existing buildings and renovate science labs at Sandusky High School.

•3.98-mill, 34-year bond issue.

•Would cost the owner of a $100,000 home about $139 in additional taxes per year.

•Construction would begin next summer.

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