Tuesday, November 07, 2000

Lebanon schools forum draws 200

By Jennifer Mrozowski
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        LEBANON — More than two hundred people gathered at the high school Monday night for Lebanon City Schools' second forum to establish a master facilities plan for the next decade.

        Nona McCauley, a parent in the district, said she approved of the forums.

        “I'm very supportive of having a bond issue (come) from the community up rather than from the superintendent down,” she said.

        At the October forum, community members suggested programs and technology they hope to see in Lebanon schools. They also gave their opinions on ideal class size and building configurations, and offered their ideas on which schools need to be renovated and whether the district should consider building any new schools.

        During Monday's meeting, the district's architecture firm, DeJong & Associates of Dublin, Ohio, outlined costs the school district would incur for various renovation and building projects based on suggestions from the first forum.

        The goal of the gatherings is to have community input in developing long-range construction and program goals and gauge how much debt the community is willing to support, said Superintendent Bill Sears. Their suggestions will translate into a May ballot proposal.

        Costs for building additions and renovations ranged from $5.6 million for Holbrook Elementary to $32.2 million for Lebanon High School. New building costs ranged from $7.8 million for an elementary with a capacity for 500 students to $42.6 million for a high school.

        As in the first forum, community members filled out individual and group surveys outlining opinions about new and remodeled schools.


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