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Troy City Schools will have bond issue on November ballot

The Troy City Schools are placing a bond issue on the Nov. 7, 2023 ballot. Should the bond issue pass, it would raise the funds necessary for the district to build four new elementary school buildings, a tax levy for maintenance of those new buildings, and improvements to the infrastructure at Troy High School. 

The new buildings would replace seven buildings currently in use: Van Cleve Sixth Grade Buildings (built in 1914), Concord Elementary School (built in 1919), Heywood Elementary School (built in 1930), Forest Elementary School (built in 1949), Kyle Elementary School (built in 1950), Cookson Elementary School (built in 1964) and Hook Elementary School (built in 1966).

Should the bond issue pass, the district would receive $45,665,637 from the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission, which oversees capital projects undertaken by state agencies and state-supported institutions of higher education; manages Ohio's school facility programs which provide support for the construction and renovation of public K-12 schools; and administers the funding for community-based cultural and sports facilities projects. 

The total cost of the project would be $154,026,690.

The building plan includes three new preK-4 buildings at the locations currently occupied by Hook and Cookson Elementary School, as well as district-owned property near the corner of State Route 718 and McKaig Road, across the road from the current location of Concord Elementary School. A building for grades 5-6 would be built on property the district owns on Swailes Road. 

Additionally, funding raised through the bond would include several major improvements at Troy High School, including: new HVAC systems and the necessary electrical upgrades to maintain those systems. The district would also install new, energy-efficient lighting and ceiling tiles in areas of disturbance at the school. Asbestos abatement would also be a part of the project at the high school. 

In mid-February, a building advisory group began meeting monthly to discuss the plan for new buildings, including details such as the number of buildings and building locations. This group, which features a broad spectrum of community members, has been meeting regularly with the Troy Board of Education.

Currently, the district operates nine school buildings: six K-5 buildings, a sixth grade building, Troy Junior High School and Troy High School. The average age of the nine buildings is 81 years old. If the bond issue passes, the district would operate six buildings in total. 

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