Officials approve putting levy for 4.9 mills on Nov. 8 ballot

Plans for the levy proceeds include a 2,501-seat football stadium.
McDONALD -- The board of education met in special session Monday to officially approve placing a 4.9-mill permanent improvement levy on the Nov. 8 ballot.
The levy will be a combination of an old 2-mill permanent improvements levy, which was a five-year levy that expires this year, and an additional 2.9 mills. It would generate $282,462 a year.
The money will be used to pay for a new high school sports complex, locker rooms at the high school, gym improvements and a new bus garage.
Superintendent Michael Wasser, who was on vacation during the meeting, told residents in the August School House edition of his newsletter that the permanent improvement levy will generate the money needed to "upgrade and build the sport facilities in our district as well as enable us to purchase new textbooks and keep our technology current."
Where the funds will go
Plans for the building project include the construction of a new football stadium with a seating capacity of 2,501 (one more seat than neighborhood rival Mineral Ridge), a new press box, lights and concession stands.
A six-lane, all-weather track would be built to replace the existing four-lane cinder track.
Renovation of the Robert H. McClary Gymnasium will include new bleachers, locker rooms, lights, scoreboard and sound system.
But, Wasser told residents in the newsletter, "In order for this to become a reality, we will need your support."
Two open forums will be at the high school to discuss the levy. The community is invited to attend the forums, which will be at 7 p.m. Sept. 20 and Nov. 2.
Anyone interested in assisting with the levy campaign should contact Wasser at (330) 530-8051, Ext. 3.
The board has scheduled its regular meeting for 7:30 p.m. Aug. 22.

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