Sandusky Schools alters building project

Public meeting scheduled for Monday
Alissa Widman Neese
Jul 27, 2014

Sandusky Schools unveiled big changes to its proposed building project Friday, based largely on feedback officials gathered this summer.

The revised plan would embed two new elementary schools on the current sites of Hancock and Ontario elementary schools.

Additionally, it will spare Osborne Elementary School and parts of Jackson Junior High School from demolition, according to a Friday news release.

Previously, officials suggested demolishing all three schools, and building two new elementary schools adjacent to Sandusky High School on Hayes Avenue.

"We believe this modified plan addresses the issues and perspectives that were brought forward by our parents and citizens, and will allow us to maintain our commitment to the academic priorities of the Transformation Plan," Sandusky school board president Tom Patterson said.

School board members met at 8 a.m. Friday to discuss the changes.

Additionally, all five board members agreed to send a resolution to the Erie County auditor, declaring their intent to propose a bond issue to fund the project to voters this fall.

They'll meet Monday at 5 p.m. to complete the two-step process of officially placing the bond issue, called "Building Better Dreams," on the November ballot.

Anyone can attend the public meeting at the district's board of education office, 407 Decatur St., Sandusky.

If approved by a majority of voters in November, construction could begin as early as next summer. The plan would be the largest building project in Sandusky Schools history.

Its specific details, after Friday's changes:

• Demolish Hancock Elementary School and build a facility for preschool through third grade on its site.

• Demolish Ontario Elementary School and build a facility for grades 4-6 on its site.

• Renovate science laboratories at Sandusky High School.

• Repurpose Mills Elementary School as an adult education building and Venice Heights Elementary School as the new Regional Center for Advanced Academic Studies, a school for gifted students.

• Retain Osborne Elementary School for transitional space or community use.

• Retain all of the old Jackson Junior High School building for transitional space and community use.

The old Adams Junior High School building would continue to house Sandusky Digital Academy, the district's online school, and will remain unchanged.

Despite the alternations, the project's cost, overall design and timeframe are expected to remain the same as the initial proposal, Patterson said.

The entire project would cost $58 million, with the Ohio Schools Facilities Commission funding 54 percent of the project through state funds. Local taxpayers will fund the remaining 46 percent through increased property taxes.

The 3.94-mill bond issue, estimated to endure 37 years, would cost the owner of a $100,000 home an additional $138 in taxes each year.


Sandusky Schools bond issue

• If approved, this bond issue would generate funds for a building project costing $58 million total, in a timeframe of 37 years. The proposal would construct two new elementary school buildings, renovate science labs at Sandusky High School and demolish two existing buildings.

• 3.94-mill, 37-year bond issue.

• Would cost the owner of a $100,000 home about $138 in additional taxes per year.






Vote yes.

yea right

Fixed income can not afford


It would have been nice to know what "the issues and perspectives that were brought forward by our parents and citizens" were to influence the decision changes. Why rebuild at Hancock location? Streets around Hancock are some of the most congested for driving. Why not use Venice School instead? It's one of the largest elementary schools and using it for the smaller number of students at the gifted academy is a waste of space. Rebuilding at Hancock and Ontario puts all the elementary schools on the east side of town. Put the adult ed at Hancock and the gifted at Mills.

The Answer Person

If you want to "know" then attend the meeting.


Just might do that. Was working Friday morning so couldn't attend that one. But maybe the SR should have asked for this article also.


Sandusky city schools is doing all they can to bring our children into the 21st century and offer a multitude of experiences for our children. By keeping the schools in the neighborhood it develops a sense of safety and community pride. Hancock can be congested, no doubt. But, when these new schools are erected, by approval of the community, the busing and transportation can be addressed and put into the plan. While it is true the schools were put into place in order to accommodate walking students, this is not the case anymore. And, maybe the busses will be fuller now instead of transporting only several students at a time. I think the locations are perfect and am looking forward to my grandchildren attending the new "globally competitive" schools! Let's give the community something to be proud of!


You really fall for that global stuff? Agenda 21 supporter too? Lol


You know, sometimes you should not listen to the people. I think that the Board is so focused on appeasing people that they may not be dealing with reality.

I really would like to know why they want to suddenly save Osborne and the old portion of Jackson. Is it for nostalgia? Both of those schools should have been demolished when I went there 25 years ago.

Sandusky, quit trying to live in the past. If you want something to be proud of, and not something you regret, then go look at the best management practices developed and already in place at other districts and learn from them. If you listen to the crowd in this town that always wants to look at the past, instead of looking toward the future, you will keep repeating your mistakes of the past.


Another socialist idea of taxpayers supporting schools is going bust. It's the same problem again, public sector unions ( teachers) making a better salary than those on private sector, yet it's never enough.
Want a new building ? I say round up all those teachers who are off work for 3 months and do a good old fashion " school raising".
They only have 189 actual classroom days, lump all that time off together and they can raise another school!


Sandusky City Schools already gets about 76% of our property taxes. I suggest taking the school tax out of our property tax and instead make it a School District Tax that is paid by the people that actually live in the district based on what their income. I have paid that tax for 17 years and in that time never benefited from the schools.
I now pay for Sandusky City Schools District Tax (rental property) and Western Reserve School District Tax (residence) and don't use either one of the schools. Although I do agree more with the way Western Reserve collects taxes. At least it is more likely to affect the correct people rather than the young starting out, retired or elderly trying to keep their homes on a fixed income.
They need to find a way to make the people that actually send their kids to the school pay it instead of those of us that don't.
I wonder if renters even care about what voting yes does to the property tax of their landlords. They should think it will increase their rent but, many probably don't give it a thought.


Good post. As far as caring? No most have no clue, or think we owe them an education, this is what the educators in public schools put into their heads.