CUYAHOGA FALLS — The Cuyahoga Falls City Schools Board of Education is expected to vote on a new Master Facilities Plan at its meeting Wednesday night.
The proposal, recommended by the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission, would cost $89.7 million, with the local share at $56.5 million and state share at nearly $33.2 million. The plan calls for the demolition of Newberry Elementary and Bolich Middle schools, and the construction of a school for sixth through 12th grade plus Career Tech.
This would be the second big-ticket facilities proposal the school district has considered in recent years.
In 2015, Cuyahoga Falls district voters rejected a 5.98-mill, 36-year bond issue and tax levy. Of the 5.98 mills, 4.98 would have been used for the bond issue, while 1 mill was for a permanent improvement levy. If it had passed, the bond issue would have raised $71 million for the district’s planned building project. The total cost of the project would have been $93.5 million, while the remaining $22.5 million would be provided by the Ohio School Facilities Commission.
The 2015 plan included the proposed construction of several new schools: three buildings for prekindergarten through grade 3, two buildings for grades 4 through 6, one 7-8 building and one 9 through 12 building. The plan was put together by the district’s Building Our Future Together Committee.
Other agenda items
The school board also is expected to:
• Go into executive session “to prepare for negotiations or bargaining sessions with public employees concerning their compensation or other terms and conditions of their employment.”
• Appoint someone to represent the schools on the city Parks and Recreation Board;
• Hear a presentation on the spring five-year forecast for the district.
Reporter April Helms can be reached at 330-541-9423, firstname.lastname@example.org, or @AprilKHelms_RPC