XENIA, Ohio (WDTN) – Xenia school officials are asking voters to say yes to a levy to build a new middle and high school.
The state of Ohio has provided $29 million for the improvements, but if the levy fails the school board will have to do the costly repairs to the old buildings without state funding. If it passes, the proposed middle school and high school campus site would be near state Route 42 and U.S. 35.
District officials said the cost to renovate Warner Middle School and Xenia High School would be almost as much as building completely new facilities. A yes vote on the November ballot means two new schools and approximately $12 per month for a home worth $100,000 dollars.
According to school officials, a lot is at stake for the school district if the $3.9 mil levy fails. “Our buildings are at a point where they need to have the repairs and the renovations needed. The state is giving us the money to put towards the project. If we don’t get voter approval in November, then that money will go back to the state and then we have to find a way to fund those repairs or renovations at the local level completely,” Assistant Superintendent of Business Operations for Xenia Community Schools, Christy Fielding Said.
Their last bond issue, to build a new elementary schools, failed three times before passing in 2010.