Friday, January 12, 2001

Lebanon to ask $48M for schools

By Jennifer Mrozowski
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        LEBANON — The Lebanon City Schools board is expected to vote in February to place a $48 million bond issue for new school construction and renovations on the May ballot.

        The bond issue, if ap proved by voters, would be Phase 1 of planned construction and renovation. Board members will also vote on a second phase of the district's facilities plan, estimated to cost another $31.7 million.

        The new schools are to accommodate the district's growth of about 100 stu dents a year. The first phase would cost the owner of a $100,000 home $170-$180 in new taxes a year, said treasurer Mary Beth Kemmer.

        A subcommittee of the Superintendent's Community Council, made up of parents, business owners and other community members, developed the facilities plan. The community council-at-large approved the facilities proposal Thursday night.

        “I'm extremely pleased with the process that the community became so actively involved in helping us determine what we needed and what they wanted,” said Superintendent Bill Sears.

        Phase 1 calls for:

        • Building a high school with a capacity for 1,400 students and add-on capabilities.

        • Building another elementary school.

        • Renovating and adding to the district's three elementary schools.

        • Renovating Berry Middle School to accommodate fifth and sixth-graders.

        • Acquiring land for a new elementary school and developing the athletic field.


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