As you are aware, our school is our community’s school. As a public school, the resources required to turn out the next generation of educated citizens come from all of us. From the contributions of our parents to those of our neighbors, a community effort is what it takes to provide excellent educational opportunities for the youngsters in our community.
On May 6, 2014 you will be asked to vote on an opportunity of a lifetime for residents of Northwood Schools. After years of waiting, our community is now eligible to receive more than $11 million from the State of Ohio to build the modern facilities for 21st Century learning.
Some may ask: Is now the right time? The answer is a resounding “yes”. Our school buildings are over 50 years old and although our staff has done an outstanding job to maintain our aged school buildings, we have now reached a point where patching and repairing is no longer enough and is not cost effective.
Northwood citizens helped shape this plan. A great deal of study and analysis has occurred over the course of the last several months through many meetings with community members. Their conclusion: by consolidating operations into a new centralized facility, all students will realize 21st century classrooms that are much more efficient and cost effective to operate.
We are committed to making this the leanest request possible. Many community members have expressed the desire to spread this investment broadly across the community and try to reduce the amount paid by our citizens on fixed incomes and we are making an effort to do that. Proceeds from tax abatement agreements our city has entered into with local businesses are also being reserved for the project reducing the amount our local citizens are being asked to invest.
As you have heard me say before, we are fortunate to live in a community that continues to demonstrate a serious commitment to excellent educational opportunities for our children. As superintendent of our school district, I continue to be impressed and sincerely appreciate our community commitment to our children and their future. Providing these opportunities for our children is not something that comes without some sacrifice on our part as community members and with that understanding comes our school’s commitment to work to do it well at a price we can afford.