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Northwood Schools want levy for new building

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NORTHWOOD, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Time is running out for Northwood Schools to get new buildings.

Despite having buzzers and cameras at school doors, Northwood Superintendent Gregory Clark says the buildings just aren't as safe as they should be. There are 11 different ways someone could get inside the high school.

"If we want children to learn, everyone needs to learn," Clark said. "Everybody needs to know that they're safe, and that's first."

The next biggest issue is the health of students in the 50year-old buildings. Plaster is peeling off the walls, water leaks into the building, and there is no air conditioning.

"You put 25 students into a room, and carbon dioxide levels go up," Clark said. "It's not just lunch that makes you sleepy in the afternoon."

So the district is putting a levy on the November ballot. It will be a 4.9 mill property tax, combined with a 0.25 percent earned income tax to help pay for a new school. The $33 million price tag will be divided between Northwood and the state.

"We are doing this because we need to," Clark said. "It's not a want, it's a need."

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