Superintendent seeks delay in building decision

NORTH LIMA -- The superintendent of South Range School District has asked the board of education to wait a few more weeks before deciding on whether to renovate the school district's buildings or construct new facilities.
Superintendent Dennis Dunham said he has not received final enrollment projections from the Ohio School Facilities Commission and asked the school board last week to postpone making a decision until the data are compiled.
Dunham said to make an appropriate decision the board needs the enrollment projections because the size of the project will be determined by expected pupil enrollment.
He said in April 2006 the OSFC projected there will be 200 more pupils at South Range in the next 10 years. He explained that projection is to be reviewed again, and there will be a re-examination of current enrollment statistics as well as data from the surrounding community -- such as building permits and birth rates.
A bond issue would be needed to fund the project but the amount of money necessary has not yet been determined, Dunham said. The board must decide before Jan. 23 whether to put a levy to fund the bond issue on the May ballot. A special meeting to vote on the matter is scheduled for 6 p.m. Jan. 17 at the high school library in Beaver Township.
The district has estimated new construction at about 40.5 million, while a renovation project would be about 31.5 million. School officials explained that either way, 58 percent of the funding would come from the OSFC and 42 percent from the school district.

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