Warren bond issue back on May ballot

VINCENT-In May voters in the Warren Local school district will once again be asked to support a bond issue that would result in a $62 million construction project at the current middle school campus.

On Monday the Warren Local Board of Education unanimously approved a resolution to place the 30-year bond issue on the May primary ballot.

A similar levy failed on the Nov. 8 general election ballot by a margin of approximately 10 percent.

“The ballot language has stayed the same, but the valuation has decreased,” district treasurer Melcie Wells told board members Monday.

According to the resolution approved Monday, the levy millage is reduced to 4.21 mills, or $0.421 for each $100 of property tax valuation.

The levy amount on the November ballot was 4.99 mills.

The funding would help pay for construction of two new buildings at the middle school campus to house a new high school and a new centralized elementary school.

If the levy is passed, it would provide local funds of $23 million for the $62 million project, with the remainder to be covered by the state.

In other business, during Monday’s annual organizational meeting, member Bob Allen was elected board president for 2017, while former president Debbie West was elected the school board’s vice president.

Also on Monday, Warren Local Superintendent Kyle Newton recommended continuing a memorandum of understanding with Zane State College for College Plus courses at Warren High School.

The courses provide students with college credits that can be applied toward their post high school education at any state college after they graduate from WHS.

“This will be our fifth year with the Zane State program,” Newton said. “They do not charge us any tuition to participate, and they’re extremely easy to work with. And most other colleges would charge tuition.”

He noted Warren High can offer students from 21 to 28 credit hours a year through the college program, depending on demand. The program helps college-bound students to complete some core course requirements before graduating from high school.

The board members unanimously approved the memorandum of understanding with Zane State for the 2017-2018 school year.