District Announces Bond Issue for March 2020 Ballot

The Perry Local School District announced at the November Board of Education Meeting its plan for a bond issue on the March 17, 2020, ballot. The bond will address the district’s aging elementary, middle and high school buildings. The bond issue, if passed, will fund phase 1 of the project which will construct four new elementary schools.  This phase is part of the White Option (click here) for the Building Advisory Committee worked through as options.  Through the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission (OFCC), Perry Local would receive an additional $80 million to construct a new middle school and to renovate Perry High School. This second phase would come at no additional cost to the community. The Perry Local School District decided to move forward with this new facilities plan because of its eligibility to receive state-contributed funds. The plan was based on recommendations from the Building Advisory Committee, which met 12 times to discuss the issue, as well as input from the community. The district held four focus groups and received more than 1,300 online survey responses.

The district also presented its five-year forecast at the Board Meeting, which indicates that there will be a deficit of $2.7 million in the fourth year (2023). The district will continue to
evaluate its operations in an effort to address the deficit. The Building Advisory Committee had discussed placing an issue on the ballot for both facilities and operating. It was decided to
address facilities first by taking advantage of the opportunity to collaborate with the OFCC and to communicate to our community the need for future operating funds.
“It is imperative that we act on this facilities issue now because of the opportunity to receive funding from the OFCC, and we are so thankful that our community came together to provide
us valuable feedback as we move forward with this plan,” said Perry Local School District Superintendent Scott Beatty. “With their continued support, we will be able to provide our
students with the best 21st century education possible.”
“In regards to the Five Year Forecast, we will look for ways to maintain the levels of programming and excellence that our schools currently offer. We will continue to operate as
fiscally responsible as we have been since our last new operating levy passed 23 years ago,” Beatty said. “In the meantime, we will take advantage of the facility program. This is an
exciting time for the Perry Community. We believe this is more than just building schools but an investment in our community’s future.”