LABRAE SCHOOLS Rebuilt district depends on bond

Pupils could attend school in a new building in 2004, one official said.
LEAVITTSBURG -- Nearly the entire LaBrae School District will be rebuilt if voters approve a 5.9-mill bond issue on the Nov. 6 ballot.
The site has not yet been chosen for a new $29 million school complex, which would replace all district schools except Bascom Elementary.
The Ohio Schools Facilities Commission, which is picking up 70 percent of the tab, wanted to replace that one, too, said superintendent Ron Joseph.
"They wanted us to replace the entire district," he said. "But we just put a lot of money into Bascom and we didn't want to replace it with all the money we put into it."
Construction on the school complex could begin in 2002 and pupils from grades three to 12 may begin attend the school in 2004, Joseph said.
About the project: The school will have three wings for elementary, middle and high school pupils and will be constructed on about 55 acres with athletic fields, parking lots and playgrounds.
The school board hopes to situate the complex in a spot where water and sewer service is available, Joseph said.
The district encompasses parts of Warren Township and all of Braceville Township.
The district will be mailing information to district residents to garner support for the bond issue that would cover the local contribution to the plan, about $9 million.
The 5.9-mill bond would be retired in 23 years, Joseph said.
Money to demolish old school buildings if they can't be sold has been included in the state's building plan, he said.
The school district will also be asking voters to renew a 0.9-mill, 5-year permanent improvement levy in November.
Money raised by that would be earmarked for a football stadium and ball fields -- projects the state will not cover -- at the new school complex.

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