April 16, 2014

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School site, levy top agenda

LORAIN – The location of a new high school and possible new tax levies are expected to be discussed at Wednesday’s Board of Education meeting.

Board member Jim Smith said Monday that money is in place for the new high school to be built at the site of the current thigh school at 2600 Ashland Ave. The projected cost is about $70 million with state taxpayers covering 81 percent of it. Smith said the board hopes to have the school open by January 2016.

The state rejected a proposal to build the school at 14th Street and Broadway by the Black River because the city needed to show it had an additional $3.1 million, Smith said. He hopes the board will approve paperwork on the project Wednesday night. The board has a July 1 deadline to submit paperwork for the project so it can begin spending money on architect’s fees.

Smith and Board Chairman Tony Dimacchia clashed at the board’s June 8 meeting over the timetable when Dimacchia asked if soil tests from 2002 and 2004 had been updated.

“I’m not prepared to approve any site until I have complete information on that site,” Dimacchia told Smith.

“Then you should be prepared to lose the project if you screw around on it,” Smith replied

“You’ve heard enough. We want to hear more,” board member Tim Williams told Smith. “We know we’re going to meet our deadline.”

Board members have an Aug. 10 deadline to submit the levy resolution to the Lorain County Board of Elections, according to board treasurer Dale Weber.

Weber would like board members to approve the levy resolution by June 30 and submit it to Lorain County Auditor Mark Stewart to certify the levy rates.

After certification, Weber wants the board to approve the final resolution between July 18 and 25 and send it to the elections board. The school board is scheduled to meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Charleston Administration Center at 2350 Pole Ave.

Contact Evan Goodenow at 329-7129 or egoodenow@chroniclet.com.