The board of education at a work session discussed what groups to invite in addition to the public. Suggested were representatives of the city, city council, the downtown partnership, Tipp Monroe Community Services and a developer.
“I think the biggest concern is that it (the property) not be allowed to deteriorate,” said Andy Venters, a board of education member who lives near the Broadway property.
Kumpf said school officials will share during the public meeting the district’s legal obligations and limitations about the property.
“We also want to hear residents’ concerns, gather ideas on repurposing the site and encourage neighbors to collaborate in order to achieve a positive resolution,” she said.
Board member Corine Doll said community members want to know what will happen with the property, adding the board will need to make clear it would have “limited influence” over the land’s future.
Money for demolition of both the Broadway building and the Nevin Coppock building has been included in proposed bond issues. A bond issue to construct a new prekindergarten through third grade building on the Broadway site was defeated soundly by voters in 2016.
The board of education is expected to decide in early January whether to go before voters for a new construction bond issue for the building at the L.T. Ball site in May or November. The district is working with the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission on a project plan that would include a 35 percent state funding contribution.