School Board President Doug Trostle said that, since that vote, the board has reached out to people more to try and get a better idea of what people would like to see as well as possible concerns.
“We’re told we have a better plan this time,” Trostle said. “It’s more suitable for what they were asking for, and I think it’s going to be exciting to have a building located on the south side of the district.”
“A lot of the development in the Troy City Schools has been to our south side of our district,” Trostle said. “We’ve never had a building located in that area.”
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One of the reasons the district says it needs the new schools is Troy’s seven existing elementary schools — Concord, Cookson, Forest, Heywood, Hook, Kyle and Van Cleve — are 77 years old on average, according to district officials. Concord and Van Cleve are 100 and 105 years old.
“It means we can run more efficiently in our district,” Piper said. “We’re spending a lot of our dollars on maintenance for old buildings. Dollars that we’re having to divert from instruction to maintain old buildings.”
“Educationally it’s a leap forward. Our new buildings will be much more conducive to learning, much safer for our students, much more adaptable for technology needs.”
The Troy City Schools will place a $98.7 million bond issue on the March 17 ballot. It is combined with a 0.5-mill levy for ongoing maintenance in a single vote. That combined millage (7.04) would cost the owner of a $100,000 home about $249 per year.
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Troy City Schools officials said as part of their partnership with the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission, the district would eventually receive a $31.8 million reimbursement from the state for its share of the project. Piper said Troy is expected to become eligible for that money in 3-8 years.