School levy on the ballot
By Peter Atkins
This Tuesday, voters will be deciding on another Perrysburg School levy. With this upcoming levy, many school improvements are on the line.
“Since we built the new high school 13 years ago, we’ve added 600 students. We haven’t built anything to accommodate those students,” said Tom Hosler, superintendent of the Perrysburg Schools.
Improvements that the impending levy will bring are a 5th and 6th grade building, an auxiliary gym to the High School, an assortment of Perrysburg Junior High School improvements, including air conditioning, and safety improvements to the Elementary buildings.
The 2.94 mill levy would generate $38.9 million.
If approved, it would cost the homeowner of a $200,000 home $206 a year. It won’t be collected until 2016, if approved, after 1.85 mills to build Fort Meigs Elementary School retires. That would mean it would only cost $76 more dollars a year for a $200,000 homeowner than the Fort Meigs levy.
“We have overcrowding at the junior high,” Mr. Hosler said. “We have portables at three of the four elementary building as well.”
Because of the overcrowding, a new 5th/6th grade building would be made with the passing of the levy. There also is a need for the auxiliary gym at the high school because of the overcrowding.
“It was 91 degrees in some of the classrooms on the second floor in the junior high.” said Mr. Hosler regarding the need for renovations. He also said that overly hot classrooms are not a suitable learning environment, and the air conditioning would be greatly appreciated at the junior high.
The last improvement to Perrysburg Schools is increased safety at the elementary schools.
“We know we need to be better about directing staff and visitors into the buildings” Mr. Hosler said.