The bill would require at least 25 percent of all state money given to the OFCC to be allocated so that eligible schools meet an acceptable standard for air conditioning, accessibility, and school safety.
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Antani said in a news release that disability accessibility and school safety are “basic necessities” in schools as well as air conditioning, and all school buildings should have those features, regardless of building age.
Some local school districts are fully air conditioned, but Troy, West Carrollton, Fairborn, Oakwood and Valley View are among the many districts that have partial or no air conditioning in their schools.
When temperatures soared above 90 degrees in early September, several of those districts, along with Greenon, Tipp City, Sidney and others released students at noon or closed for entire school days.
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Antani’s bill is being introduced late in the two-year legislative session, which ends in December. Any bills not adopted by the House and Senate and signed by the governor by the end of the year die and must be re-introduced the following year in order to be considered. The Ohio House isn’t scheduled to hold legislative sessions and committee hearings until after Election Day on Nov. 6.
Democrat Zach Dickerson, Antani’s opponent on the November ballot, suggested last month that Antani should have addressed the issue sometime during his four years in office.
Staff Writer Laura Bischoff contributed to this story.