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ACS Bond Issue 2011

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Ashland City Schools Board of Education (BOE) has requested that a 4.8 mill bond issue be placed on the May 3rd, 2011 ballot.

Ashland City Schools Board of Education (BOE) has requested that a 4.8 mill bond issue be placed on the May 3rd, 2011 ballot.

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    • Ashland City Schools Bond Issue
      The Vision:
      Address the facility needs of the Ashland City Schools for the next fifty years at a minimal cost.
    • Ashland City Schools Bond Issue
      • April 2009
      The Ohio School Facilities Commission (OSFC) presented the district with initial Master Plan options. Five plans were presented with a variety of school configuration, building and renovation options. Plans ranged in cost from as high as $108 million to as low as $87 million.
      After a series of architect-led community engagement interviews and open meetings, a Revised Master Plan option was locally developed.
    • Ashland City Schools Bond Issue
      The Ashland City Schools Board of Education (BOE) adopted a Revised Master Plan in May 2010:
      • Replace the Middle School (Grades 5-8)
      by renovating the existing High School – grades 5/6 and 7/8 will be in separate academic wings.
      • Build a New High School (Grades 9-12).
      • Address Elementary School Needs (Grades K-4).
      • When State Money is Received, Build a New Elementary School and a New Auditorium.
      Cost – $60 million ($40 million local share)
    • Ashland City Schools Bond Issue
      The BOE voted in December 2010 to place a Bond Issue on the May 3, 2011 ballot. The Bond Issue will be for 4.8 mills (includes .5 mill building maintenance fund as required by the state).
      The Bond Issue is a property tax increase:
    • Ashland City Schools Bond Issue
      PHASE 1:Paid for entirely by local funds raised by the Bond Issue. Work would begin with the passage of the Bond Issue.
    • Ashland City Schools Bond Issue
      PHASE 2: When state funds are received Phase 2 of the plan will be implemented without any additional taxpayer dollars.
    • Ashland City Schools Bond Issue
      ABOUT STATE FUNDS
      The Ohio School Facilities Commission (OSFC) has been operating the Classroom Facilities Assistance Program since 1997 putting over $5.4 billion into 154 districts across Ohio. Ashland is slated to receive state funds equal to 39% of the OSFC qualified project costs. While certain project costs (purchasing land, building a new auditorium, and some of the renovations) are not co-funded by the state, the district stands to receive roughly $20 million from the state to apply to the overall project cost.
    • Ashland City Schools Bond Issue
      ABOUT STATE FUNDS
      State funds are expected to arrive in 2012 or 2013. At that time funds will be needed to build the new auditorium, the new elementary school, and to demolish the Middle School, Montgomery, Lincoln, and Osborn.
      If for some reason the state offer does not come until after 2013, the project elements dependent on that funding would simply be delayed until the funds are received.
    • Ashland City Schools Bond Issue
      CONSTRUCTION TIMELINE
      • With the passage of the levy in May 2011, construction would begin during the 2012-2013 school year with a possible completion date of the new High School by December 2014.
      • The Class of 2015 will be the first graduating class.
      • Great way to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the City of Ashland.
    • Ashland City Schools Bond Issue
      Why are we building a new High School when we need a new Middle School?
      • The goal is to create an affordable facilities plan that will meet our needs for the next fifty years.
      • Only costs $7 million more to get a new high school and a renovated middle school:
    • Ashland City Schools Bond Issue
      Why are we building a new High School when we need a new Middle School?
      • A new Middle School would not have many of the accommodations that our renovated High School would (Little Theater, band facilities, larger library, gymnasium, etc.).
      • Allows for our new High School to have upgraded facilities with up-to-date labs, better technology, and improved instructional space to better prepare young people for life and careers.
      • Better for all kids!
    • Ashland City Schools Bond Issue
      How was the final site location chosen?
      • Potential future expansion
      • Cost-effective site development
      • Lack of interference in a neighborhood
      • Controlled traffic corridor under ODOT study for improvement
      • No perfect location
    • Ashland City Schools Bond Issue
      Operating Levy
      • Regardless of whether or not we build new facilities:
      • A renewal levy is scheduled to be up for voter approval in 2012 – no new taxes.
      • Possibility for new operating levy in 2014 or 2015 based on State of Ohio projections.
    • Ashland City Schools Bond Issue
      Impact of new facilities on operating costs:
      • Increased costs
      • Air conditioning
      • Air exchange
      • Decreased costs
      • Fewer buildings to maintain
      • More energy efficient buildings (20% savings projected)
      • Better lighting at lower cost
    • Ashland City Schools Bond Issue
      Logan High School
    • Ashland City Schools Bond Issue
      Mason High School
    • Ashland City Schools Bond Issue
      for us as a community to act on this greatly needed project that will surely improve the future of both Ashland City Schools and our community.
      In 2009, 60 individuals came together to discuss the top needs for Ashland County in order for us to continue to move forward. The #1 issue that came from that planning process was the need for updated school facilities.
    • Ashland City Schools Bond Issue
      Why Vote for the Bond Issue?
      • Our Middle School is in need of replacement – as are some of our elementary schools. All of our schools would be new or renovated!
      • Recent survey indicated that 94% of people asked felt that the Middle School needs to be replaced.
    • Ashland City Schools Bond Issue
      Why Vote for the Bond Issue?
      • Our community needs school facilities that reflect the high value we place on education.
      • To encourage people who work here to live here.
    • Ashland City Schools Bond Issue
      Current facilities construction dates:
      Lincoln
      Middle School
      Osborn
      Montgomery
      1954*
      1954*
      1961
      Taft
      Edison
      AHS
      1911
      1914
      1927
      1939
      *Renovated in 1998
      • Buildings to be replaced with the Bond Issue are over 350 years old.
      • No buildings have been built in the last 50 years.
      • With the Bond Issue, all buildings will have been built or renovated in the last 13 years.
    • Ashland City Schools Bond Issue
      Why Vote for the Bond Issue?
      • To stay competitive with the communities around us.
      • To maintain or improve our property values.
    • Ashland City Schools Bond Issue
      New school building(s) – in design, construction or completed
    • Ashland City Schools Bond Issue
      Why Vote for the Bond Issue?
      • To improve the educational environment and outcomes for students.
      • test scores
      • academic performance
      • behavior
    • Ashland City Schools Bond Issue
      Why Vote for the Bond Issue?
      • Let’s not pass up this great opportunity:
      • 39% coming from the State of Ohio.
      • Current low interest rates and construction costs.
      • Would bring $20 million back to our community
    • Ashland City Schools Bond Issue
      The Bond Issue will ask voters for the Local Share of the Adopted Plan: $39,999,880 which will completely pay for:
      • Renovations to existing Ashland High School to accommodate Grades 5-8– Grades 5/6 and 7/8 will be in separate academic wings.
      • Building a New High School (Grades 9-12).
      DON’T JUST VOTE YES… BECOME AN ADVOCATE!
    • Ashland City Schools Bond Issue
      ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
      For additional information about the Plan or the Bond Issue, visit: www.itstimeashland.com or contact any BOE member.
    • Paid for by the Citizens for Ashland City Schools, Tim Rowsey, Treasurer. 1020 Cleveland Ave., Ashland, OH 44805