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School Board Eyes Levy, Bond Issue for November Ballot

The final phase of the school district’s Master Facility Plan would demolish Grant, Lincoln and Roosevelt elementary schools, as well as the eastern portion of the high school, then rebuild them.

The total combined millage is an expected 3.75 mills, according to district treasurer Tim Penton, however the school board will discuss and finalize the proposal soon. PHOTO CREDIT: Colin McEwen
The total combined millage is an expected 3.75 mills, according to district treasurer Tim Penton, however the school board will discuss and finalize the proposal soon. PHOTO CREDIT: Colin McEwen

After receiving the news that the school district had been approved for $50 million to finishing rebuilding a few schools, the school board is looking to ask voters for help covering the rest of the $79 million project.

The first is an expected 3.25-mill bond issue; and the other is a .5-mill permanent improvement levy. 

The total combined millage is an expected 3.75 mills, according to district treasurer Tim Penton, however the school board will discuss and finalize the proposal soon.

The Lakewood City Schools got the green light to receive $50.4 million in state money to build/renovate three school buildings, but the district must now make up the difference of the state money for the expected $79 million project.

Earlier this year, Lakewood voters overwhelmingly approved a 3.9-mill operating levy.

The final phase of the school district’s Master Facility Plan would demolish Grant, Lincoln and Roosevelt elementary schools, as well as the eastern portion of the high school, then rebuild them.

The local share is an expected $28.6 million.

The school board is expected to discuss the measure at tonight’s meeting.

“We need to finish the projects to provide all of our children the same access to technology and better learning spaces,” board vice president Linda Beebe recently told Lakewood Patch. “The community has waited far too long for these projections to come to completion.

In 2009, the district decided to shutter Grant Elementary School. However, the district recently shifted gears when presented with new data suggesting that enrollment is projected to climb during the next several years. 

The school will stay, but like the others it will be rebuilt.

At the high school, everything east of the Civic Auditorium will be demolished and rebuilt. 

Demolition on the buildings could begin as soon as summer of 2014, with construction beginning that fall. Details, such as where classes will be held during the construction, still need ironed out.

The project is the third part of a plan that’s been in the works for years.

The first phase of the district’s Master Plan built Hayes and Harrison elementary schools and Harding and Garfield middle schools in 2004.

Renovations of Horace Mann and Emerson elementary schools, as well as the western portion of the high school, were part of Phase 2 in 2007.

Widespread financial hardships prevented the district from moving forward with the third phase then.

Duane Hoyt July 22, 2013 at 09:11 AM
Here's what I don't understand. we just passed a levy for operating expenses and now you're going to come back with hat in hand to ask for more. You claim the rebuilding of the schools is necessary to bring the latest technology to our students. How does a new building provide better technology? What is wrong with the current schools that they need to be torn down? And most importantly, how can you possibly think that you can continue to hold classes that would be effective while construction is ongoing? I've heard conflicting reports that you will keep all schools open during construction (per Lakewood BOE website) and 3 Elementary schools will be closed and completely demolished. Either way it is not well thought out.
marla.dawncassi July 22, 2013 at 10:13 AM
Not again! What are they doing with the money received from First Federal of Lakewood for the naming rights of the stadium? My property taxes are sky-high now. How much more will the schools drain from me again??? They're going to tax me right out of the city.
Cherie Simpson July 22, 2013 at 10:34 AM
Widespread financial hardships still exists in Lakewood....i.e., the NEVER ENDING PROPERTY TAX INCREASES BECAUSE OF THE SCHOOLS IN THIS CITY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Since 2004, our property taxes have gone up EVERY THREE YEARS because of a school levy or bond issue for the schools. A levy was just passed in May of this year and now the School Board has the GALL to contemplate a bond issue on the November ballot?????????????????? If it passes, and I'm sure it will, that's TWO school related property tax increases in ONE YEAR!!!!!!!!! Members of the School Board....have you all gone mad???? How deep do you think our pockets are??? What I want to know is WHEN WILL THIS END??????????????????????????????????????
Joe Hildebrandt July 22, 2013 at 12:28 PM
Before everyone freaks out, you haven't heard the proposed levy and bond. Also, you are fortunate to live in community that can manage their school funds and school properties as well as Lakewood does. Our schools are some of the top schools on the west side of Cleveland. Families move communities with strong schools, not a "cool" food scene. They are one of the reasons why so many young families are moving back to Lakewood. It is why I decided to stay in Lakewood when I sold my house in January (which by the way sold in 5 days to a young family)... so calm down and don't be so short minded on what can make our city continue to grow. Its not the city's fault that the state is cutting funding
Cherie Simpson July 23, 2013 at 12:18 PM
To Joe Hildebrandt and anyone else who is so in favor of this bond issue..... You are correct, funding cuts are not the fault of the School Board. Neither are they THE FAULT OF THE PROPERTY OWNERS in Lakewood!!!!!!!!! I ask you....what part of NOT EVERY PROPERTY OWNER IN LAKEWOOD CAN AFFORD ANOTHER TAX INCREASE DO YOU NOT UNDERSTAND???? Property owners not in favor of having to fork over MORE MONEY for the schools ARE NOT STUPID!!!! We UNDERSTAND the value of a good school system but ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!!!!!!!!! Maybe the School Board should have paid more attention to the school buildings all these years and replaced them one at a time! How about that concept??????? I am SICK TO DEATH OF MY PROPERTY TAXES GOING UP EVERY THREE YEARS!!!!! Show me another suburban school system in this area that has an unending supply of cash from property owners, voted for, every three years. Good luck with that.

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