Greenon voters will have the opportunity in May to decide whether to build new school facilities in the district through a funding partnership with the state.
Following several months of community engagement in 2016, the Greenon Local School District Board of Education and administration developed a master facilities plan that reflected the interests of the community indicated during community meetings and surveys.
The plan calls for a prekindergarten through 12th grade facility built on the current Indian Valley site, with athletic facilities and fields at the current Greenon Junior/Senior High School site. The new facility would allow for modern traffic and parking planning, updated security and safety features, 21st Century learning spaces, and separated schools within the facility for students of different ages.
“Throughout our discussions with the community, one thing was clear: Residents felt that it was time for Greenon to address its aging facilities and utilize our share of the state funding neighboring districts have used for their own facilities needs,” said board President Mr. Dennis Henry. “Through this plan, we will share costs with the state to revitalize our school district and our community and preserve Greenon’s tradition of excellent schools.”
The community will vote on May 2 whether to approve the local share of $36 million, or about 67 percent of the total project. The state would contribute about 33 percent through the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission’s Ohio School Facilities Commission.
The 6.98-mill, 37-year bond issue would cost homeowners approximately $244 a year, or about $20 a month.
During the community engagement process, residents often identified the cost savings of one facility vs multiple facilities and the educational benefits as significant benefits of the single facility plan.
“We have great teachers, great students and a supportive community – everything necessary to make a great public education system for students,” said Superintendent Mr. Brad Silvus. “But too often, our aging facilities cause problems that disrupt the educational process, and the buildings work against that instead of providing support to enhance the opportunities at Greenon schools. With approval of this plan, we will ensure that the facilities our children learn in support instruction, technology and safety for years to come.”