Voters in Fairfield will have the choice to vote for or against a school bond on the November ballot.
The 2.62 mill bond will help generate more than $60 million
to partner with funds from the Ohio School Facilities Commission with a plan
to help build three new schools in the district, bringing the total cost of the
project to about $80 million.
On Thursday, the doors were open
late at two schools that could be replaced so residents could have a chance to see
what they could vote for.
At Central Elementary in
Fairfield, there are plenty of problems. Some walls are cracking, the
floors are damaged, no air conditioning and a lacking security system -- and
that's just scratching the surface.
"The classrooms are
small. They don't accommodate room for the students. The conditions
are deteriorating. We have pipes that are bursting and rusting," said Principal Karrie Gallo.
Those are just a handful of the
problems at Central Elementary, which was built in 1929. Just across the
parking lot sits Fairfield Freshman School, built in 1951. They're two of
the oldest buildings in the district.
If passed, the bond would replace
them and build another elementary school. One visitor on Thursday
recognizes the problems, but has a lot to think about.
"I'm still formulating my
opinion. I want to see all the numbers that the district is going to come
up with. I want to see what needs there are," said Michael Berding of Fairfield Township.
The bond will cost homeowners
$91.70 a year for each $100,000 the home is worth.
It might not seem like much, but
for one voter, this issue is something she just can't get behind.
"I'm a single mom, and the
way the economy is, it's tough, and I don't want my house payment going up any
more. No, I will vote this issue down," said the woman, who declined to
give FOX19 her name.
The Ohio School Facilities
Commission has already approved $19 million to help with the projects.
However, Fairfield won't see that money if the bond issue doesn't pass.
"We're not being
facetious. We're not asking for luxuries. We're asking for
necessities," Gallo told FOX19.
If the bond passes, construction
could start in 2014 with students moving in for classes in the fall of 2016.