Austintown residents press school officials on need for new high school

AUSTINTOWN

A smaller crowd led to longer and follow-up questions from residents who came out to hear about a proposed bond to build a new Austintown high school.

Many fewer people attended Thursday night’s board of education meeting than the dozens who came out last month to the first town hall about the proposed 4.1-mill capital improvements bond.

Only 10 to 15 heard school district officials explain why the bond should be approved in the May 6 election, so they were not asked to write their questions on index cards for a moderator to choose from. Instead, residents were allowed to raise their hand and ask even follow-up questions of levy committee co-chairwomen Lori Gavalier and Kim Smrek and district officials.

Three residents in particular had multiple concerns from maintenance to long-term planning for replacement of specific building parts, such as water heaters, to the overall building.

A primary point of contention, however, was when the district knew Fitch needed to be replaced and why that wasn’t communicated better to the public.

Read more about the discussion in Friday's Vindicator or on Vindy.com.

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