Indian Creek Levy

Dear Editor:

The Ohio School Boards Association (OSBA) strongly encourages residents of the Indian Creek Local School District to vote for Issue 6 on March 6. This issue will help ensure that Indian Creek Schools have the funds needed to avoid significant layoffs, maintain financial stability and build for the future.

Issue 6 is a 1.45-mill five year operating levy that will cost taxpayers just $12 per month on a $100,000 home. This operating levy, which will generate $473,000 annually, will be utilized to help the Indian Creek Local School district maintain programs, staffing levels and daily operations. Issue 6 also includes a 3.5-mill levy to be used for the construction of a new high school and renovations to existing school structures.

Indian Creek needs a new high school.

The current structure, originally built in 1947 does not have enough space to accommodate the student population and has required the district to utilize12 modular classrooms, which are over 20 years old. Indian Creek has also been approved for funding through the

Ohio School Facilities Commission’s Exceptional Needs Program. This program focuses on identifying schools in most need of replacement. To qualify for this program, the building involved must need replacement as opposed to expansion or renovation. The buildings are scored and ranked according to the degree of severity in five major categories: health, life safety, structure, heating and ventilation, and electrical.

If the new high school is built, it will be located on district-owned property at the current site of the high school in Wintersville. The elementary buildings are also being assessed in order to prioritize their renovation needs. The total project cost will be $29.1 million, with the state pitching in $7.1 million. If the district waits to build a new high school, the cost will only increase, but state aid will not. State funding is currently guaranteed at $7.1 million, but is uncertain in the future. When the Ohio Schools Facility Commission presented the district with this opportunity, the Board of Education decided that the right to determine the fate of the new high school for the district’s children rested with the communities themselves.

Voting yes for Issues 6 will help Indian Creek Local Schools not only avoid significant staff reductions and cuts in services and programs, it will literally build a brighter future for children in the district for years to come. That’s why on March 6, OSBA urges residents of Indian Creek Local Schools to vote FOR Issues 6. It is a wise and much-needed investment in your schools and community.

Rob Delane

deputy executive director

Ohio School

Boards Association