Wednesday , 21 February 2024

North Ridgeville: It’s Up to You!

Issue 16 is seeking funding for the construction of a new high school and transportation facility for bussing and maintenance. Issue 16 is focusing on a new high school, whereas the two previous bond issues, Issue 6 in November 2022 and Issue 5 in May 2023 also included a new elementary school. After community feedback, the District found it is not the right time to ask for both projects. Focusing on replacing the high school will address the District’s most pressing need.

For more information on Issue 16, you can watch the recording of the Community Forum that was held on September 18 at the high school below. This includes presentations from the Superintendent, Assistant Superintendent, Director of Operations, Treasurer, and members of the Board of Education. Screenshots of the slides used during the presentation are at the bottom of this post.

Issue 16: The Need Remains

Issue 16: The Need Remains is seeking funds for the construction of a new flagship high school, an attached auditorium to support arts programming, and a transportation center for bussing and maintenance.

Our growing North Ridgeville community has led to increased enrollment in the school district. The high school currently has 1,447 students enrolled, but the building capacity is only 900 students. Modular units and using every inch of available space are no longer sufficient for our students. State of Ohio Department of Education guidelines currently require 272,000 square feet to accommodate our enrollment. Our current high school measures only 147,000 square feet.

Overcrowding in classrooms

The current high school was built in 1967, with an annex added in 1992. The main portion of the building is experiencing failures in all its major systems, requiring constant investment to repair the facility and to keep it within habitable conditions for our learners. These expenses have become a source of concern, as every dollar spent on repairing this facility is one less dollar available to spend on the educational needs of our students.

A new facility would allow us to create a safer, more modern, and conducive learning environment for our students. We would be able to offer improved resources, technology, and facilities, along with taking advantage of modern security systems and techniques to create a safer, more comfortable environment for our students, staff, and the community at large.

Construction of the new facility would also be a boon for the local economy, as workers patronize the city’s businesses during the building phase of the new facility. Also, new construction allows the district to take advantage of current energy-efficient and environmentally friendly programs encouraging sustainability and environmental responsibility.

The November 2023 bond issue is seeking $143,015,000 over 37 years which is calculated as 6.26 mills for each $1 of taxable value. This equates to $18.25 per month or $219 per year for every $100,000 of the County Auditor’s appraised total market value.

Investing in education through a new high school demonstrates a commitment to the community’s future. Quality education is essential for attracting businesses and families to our city and improved educational facilities also positively impact community property values. When one considers the long-term savings of avoiding costly repairs to an aged facility; the educational benefits of providing a 21st century education to our students; and the improvements in safety and wellbeing of students and staff; the choice becomes clear. Please consider joining us in support of Issue 16 to accomplish this goal for the future of our learners and for the City of North Ridgeville.

– North Ridgeville resident Frank Toth

“The Future Without Facilities”

Without funding to replace overcrowded and aging high school, the district will need to enact further cuts to fund infrastructure repairs and short-term solutions. These outcomes negatively impact students academic achievement.

Fall 2023

  • Begin enrollment cap on full day kindergarten and increase the cost for kindergarten and pre-school
  • Reduce high school graduation requirements due to class sizes
  • Increased class sizes
  • Increased charges for group facility uses
  • Bussing radius increased to 2 miles for grades 3-8
  • Eliminate several courses including high school AP courses

Fall 2024

  • Implement hybrid/remote engagements with high school classes due to space
  • Further reduce or eliminate full day kindergarten
  • Install expensive modular units at Liberty
  • Reduce or eliminate the stand-alone STEAM program
  • Additional reductions to transportation

What does the plan enable for our district?

  • Construct a new high school for the growing student population
  • Install the latest security and safety measures that are crucial in today’s educational environments
  • Eliminate trailers at the high school
  • Provide ADA access to disadvantaged students and guests
  • Replace aging facilities that are difficult to secure, monitor and maintain
  • Eliminate costly, aging and wasteful infrastructure
  • Provide a modern educational environment to better prepare students
  • Access to flexible, collaborative space, modern technology and support areas
  • The new school enables opportunities for new programs in academics, the arts and athletics

 

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