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Here's What People Think of Middle School Idea

These are the results of our poll

Getting voters to approve a bond issue for a new middle school -- and improvements to other school buildings -- won't be a slam dunk, according to the .

About 49 percent of Strongsville Patch readers said they like , probably next to , to replace Center and Albion.

The proposal, pitched by Councilmen Jim Carbone and Matt Schonhut and School Board member Carl Naso, calls for a bond issue that would also pay for new technology and other improvements at the high school and elementary schools.

The three say the plan could save the school district enough money to stave off the need for another operating levy in a few years.

But 28 percent of people who voted in the poll said they doubt they will support it. Another 21 percent said they need more information.

Carbone said homeowners' taxes would only go up about $8.42 a year per $100,000 worth of home valuation because other bond issues are being paid off.

lyn April 10, 2012 at 08:27 PM
I always like looking at Central School when I drive through Brecksville. That school was built in 1914 and has gone through various renovations. I do not know what the current condition is or future plans are for that school, and it would be unfortunate if they were to demolish it. Its like a landmark there. People always like to point to other communities as an example of what we should do here - so, take this for what its worth (probably nothing). Just how old is Strongsville's Center?
lyn April 10, 2012 at 08:52 PM
Well, I wasn't able to locate the age on the school district's site (maybe I missed it), but I finally found this on Wikipedia: "Center and Albion middle schools (serving 7th and 8th graders) are about 75 and 40 years old, respectively." IF this info is correct, then what does Brecksville do better than we do here in keeping up their schools?
Julie Lawson April 10, 2012 at 09:22 PM
Lyn - here is a link to the history of Center: http://www.strongnet.org/domain/477
lyn April 10, 2012 at 09:28 PM
Thank you, Julie! I looked, and looked and could not find this on the site. Once again - Thanks much!
michael April 11, 2012 at 11:46 AM
My parents taught me to leave it better than I found it. For the older folks in Strongsville keep this in mind please when deciding whether or not to vote for this bond issue. I believe younger parents will vote yes but older parents with no kids in the local schools will have to be convinced
Pete April 11, 2012 at 11:56 PM
The 20's
Pete April 11, 2012 at 11:57 PM
I want Center to stay where it is and I definitely don't want grades going K-5 in elementary school . I hate that in other schools why change it when that's the way it's always been.
Pete April 12, 2012 at 04:32 AM
I just don't like K-5 elementary schools in Strongsville. I grew up in the K-6 system. Should stay that way.
lyn April 12, 2012 at 02:12 PM
SVILLE91- When I read Julie's link above, it appears grade 6 was never combined with the middle school, unless you go way back to the beginning of the school, when it was first built, and all grades were there. It looks like from 1964-1998, Center had grades 7-9; from 1998-present, grades 7-8. At least this is how I read the history on the link.
Linda W April 15, 2012 at 12:01 PM
Exactly where is the proposed site for the new school? Is it where the soccer fields are now? If it goes there and the new Giant Eagle is built on Pearl Road, that area of Pearl/Lunn will be even more congested than it is now.
Pete April 15, 2012 at 04:41 PM
The proposed site to be adjacent to SHS so the soccer fields seem like the only pace to build as there's no other place I can think of. They'd have to move soccer to the side of SHS whee the memorial benches are if that's the case..
Pete April 15, 2012 at 04:43 PM
It was built in the 1920's. I have a history book on Strongsville.

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