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Published: Tuesday, 7/25/2006

$28.9M levy Perrysburg board asks auditor to OK millage

The Perrysburg Board of Education last night took another step in putting a $28.9 million bond levy before voters in November and discussed possible futures for the Commodore Building.

The board unanimously agreed to ask the Wood County auditor to certify the millage for the $28,922,108 levy, which would fund a new two-story wing for sixth-graders and expanded music and dining areas at the junior high, as well as renovations at the district's four elementary schools and a new auxiliary gym at the high school.

The board must approve a second resolution by Aug. 24 to put the levy on the ballot. It would cost the owner of a $200,000 house $140.40 a year.

The facilities plan does not include using the downtown Commodore Building as a school. District residents can expect a letter within a few weeks inviting them to discussions about the building, organized by the district and the Community Partnership.

"This is probably the biggest project that they've taken on to date," Superintendent Michael Cline said.

The board is also discussing a joint recreation district with the city and township. Last night, Ken Katafias of the Sylvania Recreation Corp. told the board that such districts can acquire land, levy taxes, and operate a wide variety of programs.

The Sylvania Area Joint Recreation District was established in 1988 by Sylvania, Sylvania Township, and the Sylvania schools.

Board members learned of the recreational district possibility last year, but held off on discussing it until they finalized the facilities plan, Mr. Cline said.

He said a joint recreation district could involve the Commodore property and the district's land on State Rt. 199, where it had considered building a new school, but neither property was guaranteed to be part of it.

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