JACKSON-MILTON District revisits a bond issue

The board wants to borrow $12.5 million through the sale of bonds.
NORTH JACKSON -- Even though a bond issue for a new school was defeated in the Aug. 9 special election, the idea for revisiting it received support at the Jackson-Milton Board of Education's last regular meeting.
Around 70 residents attended that meeting Thursday, most of whom said they would vote for it. So board members called a special meeting Tuesday to discuss placing the 28-year, 5.95-mill bond issue on the Nov. 8 ballot.
"Most people at the meeting told us to give it one more chance," Treasurer John Zinger said.
Hope for new facility
Money borrowed through the bond issue would be used to build a $12.5 million Jackson-Milton Middle School/High School. The facility would be designed for 420 to 450 pupils in grades six through 12, Zinger said.
The school will be built on 102 acres the district owns between Mahoning Avenue and Interstate 76, about a mile west of state Route 45.
Zinger said the current building was finished in 1913, with some additions made in the 1930s. The school is facing several costly repairs, Zinger noted, the biggest being replacement of the roof. Other problems include cracks in portions of the ceiling as well as leaks that would require expensive repairs to fix, he added.
Zinger predicted that if the bond issue is defeated in November, the district's only choice may be putting more money into the 92-year-old facility.
"We may have to throw thousands of dollars at the old building to get us through the next 10 years," he said.

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