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Published: Wednesday, 10/8/2008

Pettisville sets Monday sessions on bond issue, plan for new school


PETTISVILLE - The Pettisville Local Schools will host informational sessions on its 7.36-mill, 28-year bond issue and 0.5-mill levy to support a proposed building project on Mondays until the Nov. 4 election.

If voters approve the ballot issue, the district would proceed with plans to build a 97,618-square-foot combined primary and secondary school building. The Ohio School Facilities Commission has agreed to provide 82 percent of the funding for the $21.4 million project.

If approved, the school district would issue bonds in the principal amount of $4,830,000. The ballot issue includes a continuing 0.5-mill levy, as required for the district to receive OSFC funds, for facilities maintenance.

The ballot issue would cost the owner of a $100,000 home $240 annually. Those older than 65 would not be taxed on the first $25,000 of home valuation, Superintendent Stephen Switzer said. "I think it's an excellent opportunity to put the district's facilities in the place they need to be in the future," he said.

"We have an 82-to-18 percent match and those aren't out there anymore."

The building would feature larger classrooms, video surveillance, geothermal heating and cooling, and a combined cafeteria-auditorium with seating for 600. It would replace the district's current school, built in 1929. Newer portions of the old school will be preserved, Mr. Switzer said.

The new structure would go up at the current school site on South Street in the Fulton County community. The district would demolish the current building except for the varsity gym, library addition, and part of the elementary wing.

If the ballot issue passes, the district hopes to begin construction in the summer, Mr. Switzer said.

The "Monday Meetings" will begin at 7 p.m. with a brief introduction, followed by a question and answer period.

The meetings will be held at Pettisville School, with the exception of the Oct. 13 meeting, which will be held at Tedrow Mennonite Church, 252 Windish St. in Wauseon.

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