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Woodmore’s request for $15.7M to replace aging school approved

Few levies for local education are rejected

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Chelle Bauder shows her identification under the watchful eyes of her daughter Grace, 2, and son Harry, 5, in Woodville Township. Poll workers helping her are, from left, Mary Restemeyer, Rae Curtis, and Margaret Schwartz.

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Voters in Woodmore Local Schools approved a 37-year, $15.7 million bond issue aimed at replacing the district’s aging elementary school in Woodville.

It was the third time Woodmore requested approval for a bond issue, which will be coupled with $7 million from the Ohio School Facilities Commission to build a replacement in Woodville. The bond issue will cost the owner of a $100,000 house $166.29 a year.

As part of the plan for replacing Woodmore Elementary, seventh and eighth grades will be moved to the new school.

Eventually, school district officials will ask voters to approve another measure to build an auditorium at the high school, which previously was part of the request that had been rejected by voters, Woodmore Superintendent John Fernbaugh said.

There is excitement in the district about what the new building will mean for students, said Mr. Fernbaugh, who thanked voters and those who worked to pass the bond issue. Renovating Woodmore Elementary, which was built in 1923, would have cost about $12 million.

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“There’s really a huge sigh of relief,” Mr. Fernbaugh said. “We need the auditorium, but we need the elementary more.”

Elsewhere, the Napoleon Area City School District received mixed results from voters on two financial measures.

Napoleon school district voters approved a 37-year, $31.5 million bond issue to help build an elementary and add a junior high wing to the high school.

The high school will be renovated as part of the plan presented to voters for the first time.

The state school facilities commission will contribute $17.4 million to the $48.9 million project, which will replace two elementaries and a combined elementary/middle school. The bond issue will cost the owner of a $100,000 house about $190 a year.

Voters in the Napoleon school district, however, rejected an income tax levy of 0.25 percent for five years on the ballot. That levy would have raised $602,000 a year for operations.

In the Patrick Henry Local School District, voters approved an emergency levy, this one for 5.5 mills and three years. It will raise $746,745 annually. The levy will cost the owner of a $100,000 house $168.44 a year.

Evergreen Local School District voters approved a 0.5 percent income tax levy for five years, which will raise $833,739 a year for operational expenses.

Four County Joint Vocational School in Archbold succeeded with its request for a 0.2-mill additional continuing permanent improvement levy on the ballot for building maintenance, equipment replacement, and other needs. It will cost the owner of a $100,000 house $3.12 a year.

Voters in the Tiffin City School District approved an additional 4.9-mill continuing levy for operations. It will cost the owner of a $100,000 house $150 a year.

Genoa Area Local School District voters narrowly decided to approve replacing two existing five-year permanent improvement levies with one five-year, 1.6-mill permanent improvement levy.

Owners of a $100,000 house in the Genoa school district will continue to pay $49 a year.

Several school districts had renewals:

A 0.5 percent income tax for five years in Bowling Green City School District was approved.

A 1 percent income tax for five years in North Baltimore Local School District was approved.

Two 7.9-mill, five-year operating levies in Rossford Exempted Village School District were approved.

A 4.22-mill, five-year emergency levy in Swanton Local School District was rejected.

Contact Julie M. McKinnon at:

jmckinnon@theblade.com

or 419-724-6087.

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