The school money is contingent on voters approving bonds for the local shares.
COLUMBUS -- The State Controlling Board awarded more than $7.5 million in projects for Columbiana County, said state Rep. Charles Blasdel of East Liverpool, R-1st, whose district covers all of the county.
Most of the funding is from the Ohio School Facilities Commission, with Crestview Local School District receiving $1,902,377 and East Liverpool City School District receiving $5,680,414. That money is contingent on voters in those two districts approving bond issues to pay the local shares of school construction.
"I am elated to see these funds coming to Columbiana County," said Blasdel, the state House speaker pro tempore. "It is essential for our local school districts to receive adequate funding so that our school facilities are up to the task of accommodating Columbiana County's students' needs."
Renovation and recovery
Blasdel said the board Monday also approved more than $45,000 in NatureWorks grants for four area projects.
Lisbon will receive $4,575 to renovate its wading pool. The Greenway Bike Trail will receive $29,562 to restore a historical train station, and Rogers will receive $2,325 for backstops for its new ball fields. New Waterford will receive $9,485 for new bleachers for its ball fields.
Also, the controlling board approved $500,000 for flood recovery efforts by the Appalachian Regional Commission. The funding will be used to alleviate the hardships suffered by the severe storms and flooding that took place in eastern and southeastern Ohio in August and September of last year. Fourteen counties, including Columbiana, will be eligible for assistance.
The funds will be used to assist local governments with infrastructure projects that resulted from the flooding. Emphasis will be placed on improving public water and sewer infrastructure, and medical facilities. It is estimated that flooding caused more than $30 million in damage.