Tell School Officials How You Feel About Middle School Plan
District asks voters to take an online survey
The school district is looking to gauge voters' feelings about building a new middle school through an online survey.
Starting today, residents are asked to take a survey on the Strongsville Schools' website regarding the proposed $72 million bond issue to build a new middle school and make improvements to other buildings.
There is a link to the survey under the "Welcome" heading on the district's home page, according to Mark Donnelly, director of business services.
The school board agreed last month to aggressively pursue the idea of building a new middle school, saying the district moves quickly, it can realize enough savings to avert the need for a new operating levy in a few years.
A consultant warned the that although the plan build a new middle school was basically solid, there could be game-changing obstacles ahead -- like potential wetlands and size problems with the proposed site.
The 17 acres next to the high school, behind Jardine Funeral Home, includes 4.91 acres of wetlands and may not be large enough to fit the school, parking lots and athletic fields, the consultant said.
Still, board members said now is the time to pursue the bond issue. Because other issues are being paid off, most property owners would see their taxes increase only $12 to $16 a year.
The six-question survey will run through 3 p.m. Thursday, May 13, Donnelly said.