The Columbus Board of Education agreed in November to put to a vote a $ 4.7 million permanent improvement fee and a $ 680 million bond.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Columbus Board of Education voted to place a $ 4.7 million continuous improvement plan and $ 680 million in bonds in November.

If it passes, five schools will be built in the whole district.

According to a press release from the school board, the plans will create the following:

  • The new high school with the ability to serve 1,600 students on the site of the current Marion Franklin High School and the former Beer High School.
  • The new high school with the ability to serve 2,000 students at the current location of Beachcroft High School.
  • The new high school with the ability to serve 1,000 students at the current location of Miflin High School.
  • The new primary school with a capacity of 600 students serves the current location of Winterset Primary School.
  • A new primary school with the ability to serve 600 students on the current site of Ikin Primary School.

10TV spoke with Bill Demora, a homeowner living in the Short North.

“Both my parents were public school teachers, so I generally support all the meetings,” he said. – I mean, it is better to study in new schools (with) technology. You get computers and it’s just easier to learn. I think they definitely need new schools all over the district. “

If the plans are voted on in November, they will require a property tax increase for Columbus homeowners such as Demor.

The county said it would be $ 267 extra property tax per year on a $ 100,000 home-based basis. This is about a 13% increase in property tax.

“Knowing the voters, as I know, if you tell them you’re going to increase the property tax by 13%, it won’t be easy,” Demora said.

During the meeting, Board President Jennifer Adai said it could give children what they need to succeed.

“This process is about creating learning communities that allow us to create a portrait that allows our students to be ready for a portrait, have a rigorous education and opportunities in education and careers,” Ader said.

If voters approve the release of ballots in November, the council said project work on the new construction will begin sometime next year.

The first construction projects will begin in 2024, after which the first of the new schools will open in the 2025-2026 school year.

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