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Oakwood schools takes first step toward levy on May ballot

The Oakwood Board of Education tonight approved the first step to place an issue on the May ballot.

The second of two required votes will be taken at its Jan. 14 meeting. 

The ballot issue would be one request with two distinct parts, a 4.99-mill operating levy and a bond at approximately 2.7 mills. 

“Each of these parts is critical and equally important,” Superintendent Kyle Ramey said. 

The 4.99-mill operating levy is the district’s lowest request to the Oakwood community for operating dollars in more than 30 years, Ramey said.

FIRST REPORT

School officials plan on taking the first of two steps at tonight’s board meeting to plan a levy on the May ballot. The second of two required votes will be taken at Oakwood’s Jan. 14 meeting.

According to board members, the ballot issue would be one request with two distinct parts, a 4.99-mill operating levy and a bond at approximately 2.7 mills.

“The 4.99-mill operating levy is the district’s lowest request to the Oakwood community for operating dollars in more than 30 years,” said Traci Hale, community relations director for the district. “Just like our last request for additional funds in 2016, this levy would generate money to cover the district’s day-to-day expenses.”

She added, “We have been good stewards of taxpayer money and will continue to develop processes and procedures to be as effective and efficient as possible, stretching our resources as far as they will go.”

MORE: Oakwood schools moving forward with Master Facilities Plan

In November, the school board voted to accept a Master Facilities Plan Report that includes projects that could run through 2038. The four-phase plan includes preserving current buildings with infrastructure improvements, addressing performing arts rehearsal space issues and exploring the concept of an Early Learning Center for pre-kindergarten-through-first-grade students that could also serve as community space.

Funding for the project will be a combination of local tax monies with some private donations, according to a report released by school officials. The district is also looking at the possibility of state funding.

The 2.7-mill bond that the district is seeking would generate $18 million that would be used to pay for Phase 1 of the Master Facilities Plan.

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