In Ohio County, school officials are potentially proposing a bond that could make taxes go up in the area, but could also drastically improve the education.
School Board administrators had a preliminary, planning meeting with faculty and community members on a bond that could bring facility and technology advances to every school in the county.
“We have to start preparing because our buildings are not going to get better, our technology is not going to get better, spaces are not going to get better if we sit back and say, ‘We’re just going to wait,'” said Superintendent Dr. Kim Miller.
Dr. Miller and other Ohio County School Board Administrators are hoping to achieve many improvements, from food services to bringing in hands-on technology based projects for the students, through a bond issue in the coming May election.
“Mr. Jones have spent a lot of times looking in our buildings with Mr. Hartaugh, our maintnece director, and looking at the upgrades that needed to take place and realized there’s no way within our budget that we could make this happen,” said Miller. “That it was time to now go forward with the bond.”
It’s been 25 years since Ohio County schools have attempted issuing a bond, and the one they’re shooting for now will be 15-20 years. At this time, Dr. Miller says they’re unsure how much the bond will be for, but they believe this is the right thing to do.
“It’s what’s best for our students. Our buildings are tired and we could let them go and do nothing, but that’s not the personality of anyone we’re working with,” Miller said. “We want to come together and make it great.”
The faculty and community that were brought into the meeting agree that making building and teaching upgrades will improve their students experience.
“I was extremely excited by how much the county’s willing to change, and alter, and improve that’s bringing pride to the teachers, and to the administrators, and to the students when they walk into the building,” said Bridge Street Middle School Teacher Jessica Broski-Birch.
The school board still has to vote on whether or not they want to put this bond on the May ballot. Dr. Miller says she will be asking them to do so during a meeting on February 12th.
Dr. Miller said if the board votes to move forward with the bond they will bring in focus groups and looking at specifics on what they’d like to see happen.