$81 Million Bond Issue is Phase 1: Would Build New Middle School, Renovate High School

First step would aim at district's secondary schools

Voters should expect to see an $81 million bond issue on the November ballot that would pay to build a new middle school and make vast renovations to , plus some safety-related repairs to elementary schools.

Major fix-ups at elementary buildings would come in Phase 2 -- a plan that tentatively calls for constructing three new grade schools, renovating Muraski and Kinsner, and demolishing the rest.

The two-tiered approach was presented Thursday night by the Strongsville Schools' Facilities Committee.

"This (phase 1) would address the critical needs . . . at the high school and middle school," committee member Ken Evans said.

Elementary students would be "warm, safe and dry" for now, the plan says, until Phase 2, which would seek another bond issue for an estmated $64 million to tackle lower-school issues.

The committee was charged with looking into a proposal by School Board member Carl Naso and Ward 3 City Councilman Jim Carbone to replace and the deteriorating .

On Thursday night, school board members heartily endorsed the plan.

"To me, Phase 1 is a no-brainer," board member Jennifer Sinisgalli said.

The Idea

The plan identifies $145 million in and breaks them into two chunks. 

Phase 1:

• Build a new middle school for 6th, 7th and 8th grades, including an auditorium and athletic fields (site undetermined).

• Major high school renovations, including improvements to utilities and the auditorium, and install modern technology.

• Finish the preschool building on Lunn Road.

• Demolish Allen, Albion and Center schools.

• Asbestos abatement where needed.

• Limited emergency repairs and improvements to safety systems and technology at elementary schools.

Phase 2:

• Build new elementary schools in Wards 1, 2 and 3.

• Renovate .

• Replace classromm section at .

• Demolish all other elementary buildings, leaving the district with five instead of seven.

Phase 2 is tentative and subject to further analysis, the committee said.


The $81 million, 35-year bond issue would cost homeowners $95 a year for every $100,000 in home valuation.

But because other bond issues that currently cost $77 a year per $100,000 in home valuation are expiring, residents would see their taxes rise only $18 a year per $100,000.

For the average homeowner, the cost would be about $2 a month.

School officials said they are excited about the plan.

"I have one request," said Superintendent Jeff Lampert, who is retiring at the end of July. "Invite me to the ribbon-cutting."


lyn June 08, 2012 at 09:27 PM
I agree with you. They are asking for a levy to be passed, but so much is vague. I don't think ANY levy should be put forth unless specifics are identified, with all future contingencies analyzed. A bit ridiculous, when they state: -"site undetermined" - then how can they know how much is needed -"Phase 2 is tentative and subject to further analysis" - there is a lot listed in this category. What is the rush if they don't know what needs done or what funds are needed? Its like saying, "just give me lots of money now and I'll figure it all out later". Who operates like that, besides the Strongsville schools?
Janet June 09, 2012 at 04:12 PM
How do they plan to pay for the "$145 million in improvements the district's facilities need" with an $81 million dollar bond levy? I see additional bond levies in Strongsville's future.
lyn June 09, 2012 at 10:44 PM
Janet- I think they want to split that $145 million in 2 levies - yes, you guessed correctly, at least as I understand the article. As stated above: "...Phase 2, which would seek another bond issue for an estmated $64 million to tackle lower-school issues." But I ask again, when they do not know where the new middle school would be built, how can they know how much is needed? Shouldn't they have building plans for the parcel they will build on, in addition to any other costs that need to be considered before putting a levy forth? And, If they have a grand plan for ALL the schools and intend to demolish all schools except the high school, where they intend to do extensive renovations - shouldn't they have estimates on those costs to present to taxpayers BEFORE a levy is voted on? This is a case of putting the cart before the horse. If they are already planning to hit us with another levy, tell us NOW what ALL the plans are. Don't do it bit by bit. We deserve full disclosure, for once.
tom m June 10, 2012 at 02:33 AM
we will get the full disclosure right after the new former teacher superintendent negotiates the new teachers contract
Eric Herrmann June 10, 2012 at 02:18 PM
I agree that the schools need more funds to continue operating a superior school system, which they are. Rather than continue increasing the cost to Strongsville home owners, is there a way to tap into the local sales tax. We all have been inconvenienced by the traffic from other communities entering and exiting the Strongsville mall. How about a gross-up to the sales tax to fund our schools? If other cities want to come and shop in Strongsville......I would feel better knowing that the Strongsville residents are getting something out of the congested traffic situation. Any options there?


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