December 20, 2014

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Possible levy to fix track has life in Oberlin

OBERLIN — Voters could be asked to consider a 1-mill levy in May to renovate the high school track and tennis courts after all, according to school officials.

A special meeting to get public input is set for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in City Council chambers at 85 S. Main St.

No decision has been made to proceed with the levy, but a decision could be made at Tuesday’s meeting, according to Superintendent Geoffrey Andrews.

The levy is the sole item on the agenda, according to school Treasurer Diane Wolf. Any levy or issue must be certified to the Lorain County Board of Elections by the
4 p.m. Wednesday deadline.

School board members were unavailable for comment on whether they would support putting the issue on the ballot.

A meeting on the levy issue was canceled earlier this week because of the Tuesday snowstorm that delayed a trip from Columbus from a representative of the Ohio School Facilities Commission. That presentation is now expected at the next regular school board meeting set for 6 p.m. Feb. 23 in Oberlin City Council chambers

The Oberlin district is considering a school building plan and could receive 22 percent reimbursement from the state.

A prior analysis found the current schools lacking and Andrews said the district will discuss the possibility of building a $50 million to $60 million campus for its 1,150 students.

Andrews said the campus plan would involve one facility with separate elementary and secondary wings with the possibility of savings from combined facilities like the lunchroom.

The campus concept also could include a recreation center for the community, a wellness center, college distance learning facility or new public library facilities, Andrews said.

If voters approve the levy to build a track and renovate the six tennis courts, the taxes will be collected beginning in 2011. The issue would raise about $190,000 a year and fund most of the cost. A volunteer campaign that began in 2004 raised $37,000 to replace the track.

Contact Cindy Leise at 329-7245 or cleise@chroniclet.com.