- Advertisement -
  • Most Commentedmost commented up
  • Most Emailedmost emailed up
  • Popularmost popular up
- Advertisement -

« News Home

Austintown residents press school officials on need for new high school

Published: Thu, April 3, 2014 @ 11:14 p.m.


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.


1Dagwood(263 comments)posted 1 year, 2 months ago

Sorry Fitch not a chance in H*ll. Building a new High School is a fool's investment, and anyone who votes yes I got some ocean front property to sell you. I will agree with most that there is significant replacement and maintenance needed, however, that cost will be far less than a complete demo and rebuild.

Basic politics will predict your yes votes will come from teachers, administrators, school staff and 50% of those with school age children. The rest of Austintown will vote no. Stop wasting time and tax payer money and get some contractor estimates to start fixing the school.

Suggest removal:

2Roger_Thornhill(903 comments)posted 1 year, 2 months ago

"Want" and "need" are two different things.

Suggest removal:

3billdog1(3232 comments)posted 1 year, 2 months ago

Dagwood, Last night on the news they said this was needed because the building is over 50 years old. I got news for them, 50 years old isn't old for a building. Take care of it, repair it when it breaks or shows signs of need. Warren had buildings that were 80+ years old when they built new buildings. Howland's building is older than 50 years old, Mathews (Vienna) that is crying they want a new building now has a building built, I believe in the 1920's. I live in Vienna and say NO. There is no need to build a $24,000,000 building for 850 students. Close up shop and send the kids to the surrounding districts. My wallet just can't sustain another finger pulling money out of it. A new police station for one full time police officer because he and the part-timers had to use the restroom in the fire station. Please, there are only two of them at a time working, they should be patrolling, so if they need to go to the potty then they can park in front of the fire station door on their way in. I'm sorry, but when the community, state and federal gooberments regain the moneys of the 50's, 60's and 70's then they can return to wasting money like drunken sailors. Until then quit reaching in my pocket and taking my money. Spend within your means. It isn't John Q. Public's responsibility to work to support the lifestyle of the rich and famous for our public service employees. Yes we need you to repair our roads, educate our children, MAINTAIN our buildings, secure our safety and ensure our tax dollars are being spent wisely. But we can't keep giving to the point we have nothing left for our selves and families. My taxes in Vienna have increased twice already in the last five years. We can no longer sustain this madness. Elderly that have lived in the communities for many years are now on fixed incomes, make less than during their working careers, and don't have it to give. Young families are making much less then the public employees they are supporting with property tax dollars. Many of us make less then our parents even though educated, skilled and working more than one job. WE NO LONGER HAVE ANYMORE TO GIVE. TIME FOR THE GOOBERMENTS AT ALL LEVELS TO MAKE THE CUTS NECESSARY. RECALL ALL SAYING THAT DELPHI, COPPERWELD, GM, REPUBLIC STEEL, AMERICAN WELDING, ETC... BEING TOLD THE ONLY WAY TO KEEP JOBS WAS FOR ALL TO TAKE PAY AND BENEFIT CUTS. Well Mr. Public Service employee, if you don't do the same, sooner or later you will be where those employees are. These stones have been bled dry. You have already somehow gotten blood from these stones and there is none left.

Suggest removal:

4Roger_Thornhill(903 comments)posted 1 year, 2 months ago

The building isn't 50 years old. It opened in 1968 or 1969.

The sup did claim it is 50 years old though.

Suggest removal:

5billdog1(3232 comments)posted 1 year, 2 months ago

High tech is nothing more than running wires. It doesn't require a new structure to put in wires. My house was built in 1950 and has cable, internet, wireless service, flat screen televisions, etc... This is a dead argument. Again, 50 years is NOT OLD for a building. Run some wire. Look at some of the buildings at YSU, KSU, UA, CS, PSU, Hiram, Westminster, Oberland, Baldwin Wallace, etc... they do not all have all new buildings, many are much older than the building your discussing. These institutions are teaching at the top of the game for innovation. They RUN WIRES, maintain roofs, flooring, windows, paint. You do not need a new building to maintain technology.

Suggest removal:

6Atowncomm(14 comments)posted 1 year, 2 months ago

Have you attended a meeting about this bond issue and have you looked at the details? I have attended one of the meetings and was surprised to find out that, despite what I thought about the general appearance of the high school building, there are expensive and large systems within the building that need to be replaced. The cost to replace or repair these systems are almost 75% of the cost of building a new building. As tax payers, we have to be foolish not to consider this. Repairing the current building is too costly. And since the state is providing almost half of the funding to build a new school, this is a good deal for our community. The numbers sold me to agree to build a new building.

Suggest removal:

7billdog1(3232 comments)posted 1 year, 2 months ago

I guess if you have the money to give, give.

Suggest removal:


HomeTerms of UsePrivacy StatementAdvertiseStaff DirectoryHelp
© 2015 Vindy.com. All rights reserved. A service of The Vindicator.
107 Vindicator Square. Youngstown, OH 44503

Phone Main: 330.747.1471 • Interactive Advertising: 330.740.2955 • Classified Advertising: 330.746.6565
Sponsored Links: Vindy Wheels | Vindy Jobs | Vindy Homes