Honor Tradition by Building the Future
Help our Poland community make an informed decision on November 3:
We will be posting "50 facts" over 25 days.
The Citizens for Poland Schools Bond Issue Committee
met several times in open meetings in an attempt to share the facts.
This is a spec model of the possible site at Dobbins.
Fact #1: Today is November 3, 2015. Election Day. One way or another, we are writing history today as a Poland community. Get to the polls.
Fact #2: Poland is an amazing place because it's people are passionate about the community and the schools that tie the community together. Decisions have not, are not and will not be easy. However, it is the decisions we make about the things we are most passionate about that define us. Our schools must progress as they historically have- to do for our children what has been done for us. Honoring our past in the process is our gift to our children.
Fact #3: We have one more day to inform. Please encourage family, friends, and neighbors to get the facts!
Fact #4: The Board of Education has investigated the cost of repairing the failing systems in our schools and has provided information about the option of a possible emergency levy. This is, and always has been, about providing information and respecting the choice each voter has.
A Yes vote on November 3 = $157.50/year, $13.13 per month, $0.43 per day (per $100,000) for a new K-8 building and money to determine and carry out the plan for our existing buildings, safely and with respect to our history and traditions. The bonds are estimated to be payed in full over 34 years.
A Yes vote for a future levy- specified for repairs- is currently projected at $129.50 per year, $10.79 per month, and $0.35 per day to repair 6 items. All buildings would remain and would need to be maintained and operated through the budget. This levy would be for 5 years and would need to be renewed for any additional repairs.
Fact #5: New construction would require that the Board of Education go to bid for an architect. This bid is not strictly financial but includes the right of the board to include priorities such as the preservation of our rich history by restoring and incorporating existing architecture into the new building and existing school properties.
Fact #6: Diligently and over generations, the Poland Boards of Education have preserved our facilities well beyond their expected life spans. The current Board of Education continues to repair as needed with no end in sight.
Here is the preview of what is possible. This look at the Beaver Local Schools provides a glimpse into the safety, efficiency, and optimal learning environments a new facility can provide:
Fact #7: The Poland Schools have been working to keep students safe despite the issues you see here.
Fact #8: The three boilers in the middle school were replaced in 1993. However, piping is original to the 1927 construction and has been repaired as needed- requiring specially fabricated plumbing.
Fact #9: Sanitary/ sewage plumbing at the Poland Middle School is original galvanized piping from the 1927, 1938, 1952, and 1963 structures. Many parts of the sanitary piping is located in or under concrete slab. Sections of this system were replaced in 2014. The entire length of the teachers lounge in the basement had to be cut- through the concrete floor- and dug approximately eight feet deep to replace the sanitary lines in this area.
Fact #10: History repeats itself. From page 23 of "Triumph and Tradition" -
Mr. Lee held off as long as possible from closing the school, hoping to receive an endowment from Pittsburgh and Erie Conference of the Methodist Church in order to solve the college's financial woes. But when this endowment did not materialize, he was forced to turn once again to the people of the area to ask for contributions to save the school.
THE BEGINNING OF THE SEMINARY in 1862
The residents of Poland once again came through with shining colors, for they responded unselfishly to Lee's request to save his school- evidencing the high value they continuously placed on education.
Fact #11: Plans for the connector have been drafted and will allow for the facility to be used for school and community functions. It is our belief that this concept will memorialize this pristine neighborhood, featuring it as vital part of the Poland Community while our school district progresses. Furthermore, funds from the bond issue may be allocated to surround the connector and memorial with green space for the neighborhood and community to enjoy for years to come.
Fact # 12: This concept picture of the Poland Middle School and McKinley Elementary site provides a visual of the intentions and ideas of the School Board. We will be saving the limestone architectural features of the entrance currently on the PMS building and placing it on College Street entrance for the connector. The two parts of the original foundations of Lee's Academy will be featured as a memorial to retain the historical significance of College Street. Additional architectural features, such as the additional limestone entrances, copula, and historical site marker will remain or be incorporated into the design of the new building. The Poland School Board intends to retain the historic architecture available to preserve the rich history and tradition of Poland and the Poland Schools.
Fact #13: After months of engaging the community and actively listening, the Poland Board of Education has come together to release this unified plan for our current buildings:
Fact #14: Continuing efforts to right-size the district, the new K-8 building for our children will not result in open enrollment.
Fact #15: To be razed, Poland Middle School would have to be "decommissioned" from the Ohio State Historical Society. The Middle School is an Historic Site. However, the original 1855 building where McKinley attended school no longer exists. That building collapsed in the late 1800's. One or two of the basement/ foundation walls still remain. The plan is to memorialize the site with respect to the tradition established by Poland Middle School memorializing it today.
Fact #16: In 2017, Poland property taxes will be reduced by 1 mill due to the “pay-off” of an existing bond issue. The net effect for the Poland taxpayer for new schools would then be 3.5 mills. The effect will be a savings of $50 per year on a home valued at $100,000, leaving an estimated $107.50 (per $100,000) as the estimated yearly payment for new school facilities.
Fact #17: There is money built into the construction budget for the Poland Schools to save and incorporate the architectural character of our history. These photos are examples of how it has been done in other schools. Honor the Past, Build the Future.
Fact #18: A new building will incorporate technology into all, but it will also feature traditional spaces. Here is a concept picture of what the library could look like.
Fact #19: As an alternative to the bond issue, the state recommends a 3.5 mil Permanent Improvement Levy. This levy would generate 6.6 million over 5 years. It would repair 6 items district-wide.
Fact #20: One immediate repair item on the list for the Poland Schools as prepared by the OFCC is Dobbins' HVAC system. The state estimates the cost to be $1,300,000. The flat roof at Dobbins is also well past its life expectancy and has been patched several times.
Fact #21: For 2015/16, Poland Seminary High School has added a Broadcast Studio. This includes 3 video cameras, 2 AV switchers with replay, 3 Go Pro cameras, aerial video drone, a weather camera, a green screen studio, LiveStream Package (for Internet Streaming) and Adobe Create Suite with Adobe Creative Cloud.
Fact #22: The current Poland Middle School is the only Poland Schools' building registered as historical. However, preservation of the history for all of our schools is a priority.
Fact #23: William McKinley's parents moved from Niles to Poland for the same reasons people still move to Poland- because of the homes and neighborhoods, but most importantly for the educational opportunities provided in Poland. (Paraphrased from "Triumph and Tradition")
Fact #24: Existing schools will not be converted to charter schools.
Fact #25: There is money in the new construction budget to raze 5 existing buildings throughout the district. The board of education will have to make these difficult decisions and would welcome community input and ideas.
Fact #26: For the 2015/16 school year, Poland Seminary High School has added A.P. Art History, Digital Media, and Graphic Design courses. PSHS has also restructured Special Education and tutoring schedules to allow for more instructional time. Many of these changes are possible due to the restructuring and repurposing of the district.
Fact #27: The Poland Schools enrollment is projected to be 825 students less in 2024 (1742) than it was in 2002 (2567).
Fact #28: Honoring Tradition is a priority. The Citizens for Poland Schools appreciates the opportunity to have our schools speak with the Poland Ohio Historical Society this evening.
Fact #29: Absentee voting and voter registration information is available on the left navigation bar of ABulldogForever.com. If you or anyone you know is unable to go to the polls on November 3, please plan ahead.
Fact #30: 14 days away
Fact #31: Included in new construction- Separate playground areas for elementary and intermediate students will be fenced in and meet new standards for safety.
Fact #32: The current HVAC provider for the Poland Schools has reported that heating systems in the McKinley/PMS complex are currently running at 14% efficiency. Other buildings are at or near 70%.
New construction provides 95% efficiency.
Fact #33: While most state assessments still have a paper/pencil option for this school year, it is clear that Ohio is committed to "next generation" online assessments moving forward. To maintain a tradition of excellence, our schools must integrate technology into the classroom so that teachers are able to prepare students for what is expected.
Fact #34: A 4.5 mil bond levy is calculated to cost $157.50 per year on a $100,000 home. The alternative is a 3.7 mil emergency levy to make needed repairs to existing buildings. This would cost $129.50 per year on a $100,000 home. The financial difference is $28.
Fact #35: Unlike typical school levies, a bond issue does not come back for renewal. The estimated amount of time to pay back the bonds is 34 years.
Fact #36: The Poland Schools work hard to ensure that staff and students practice preparedness for school safety situations, but the need for security, fire, phone, camera, and building entry system upgrades is evident. These systems are part of the infrastructure and cannot not simply be added to an aging building.
Fact #37: Due to increased claims and declining conditions of the buildings, the insurance deductible for the Poland Schools has gone from $1000 to $10,000.
Fact #38: By attempting to create wireless access in every classroom across the district, purchasing mobile Chromebook carts, and improving computer labs and technology classrooms, the Poland Schools have demonstrated a commitment to technology integration.
Fact #39: The design for the new K-8 building includes separate driveways and pick-up/drop-off zones for parent pick-up and buses.
Fact #40: Seventeen students from the Class of 2015 and three from the Class of 2016 at Poland Seminary High School have earned the designation of AP Scholar by the College Board in recognition of their exceptional achievement on the college-level AP (Advanced Placement) Exams.
Fact #41: The bond issue includes planning and finances for road improvements to State Route 170. An additional turning lane will improve overall traffic flow and safety for all Poland residents.
Fact #42: Election Day is 21 days away.
Fact #43: By realigning and repurposing the Poland Schools for the 2015/16 school year, the elementary school counseling program has been reinstated while 21st century technology classes have been added in grades K-4.
Fact #44: According to the Ohio Facilities Assessment Report for the Poland Schools, repair costs for heating/cooling, electric and roofing at the Poland Middle School alone would cost $4,530,000. This does not account for the structural integrity concerns such projects may expose.
Fact #45: There is a plan in place to move staff and students to McKinley if the Poland Middle School heating system fails during the winter. While we hope for the best, we must be prepared.
Fact #46: Philosophy of the Board- "The primary goal of the Poland Schools is to develop academic, intellectual, and emotional, physical and social potentials of its students." November 3 is an opportunity for our community to define and prioritize our students' potentials.
Fact #47: The Citizens for Poland Schools is proud to announce that new "Yes! for Poland Schools" yard signs are on order due to high demand. Let us know if you need one or more for relatives, neighbors and friends.
Fact #48: Current buildings have been and continue to be maintained for the health and safety of students.
In a 15 month period from July 1, 2014 to September 19, 2015, the Poland schools spent over $500,000 for repairs. It is obvious that repairing is no longer a responsible option. Money spent on repairs could be used to improve programming and resources for students. Report details by building: Repair Costs from July 1, 2014 to September 19, 2015
Fact #49: We are not the only community with an opportunity to build for the future.
Established in 1997, the (Ohio School Facilities) Commission is responsible for administration of the state’s school construction and renovation program. The Commission is currently working with, or has completed all necessary work in, nearly two-thirds of the state’s 613 school districts and has opened over 1,100 new or renovated facilities. With over 200 sustainable buildings certified, the Commission is also a national leader in the use of environmentally-friendly design practices that enhance savings in operational costs.
Fact #50: Proposed Bond Issue and Tax Levy Language for November 3, 2015-
Shall the Poland Local School District be authorized to do the following:(1) Issue bonds for the purpose of constructing, renovating, remodeling, rehabilitating, adding to, furnishing, equipping and otherwise improving buildings and facilities, and preparing, equipping and otherwise improving real estate, for School District purposes, in the principal amount of $28,265,910, to be repaid annually over a maximum period of 34 years, and levy a property tax outside the ten-mill limitation, estimated by the county auditor to average over the bond repayment period 4.0 mills for each one dollar of tax valuation, which amounts to 40 cents for each $100 of tax valuation, to pay the annual debt charges on the bonds, and to pay debt charges on any notes issued in anticipation of those bonds?(2) Levy an additional property tax to provide funds for the acquisition, construction, enlargement, renovation, and financing of general permanent improvements at a rate not exceeding 0.5 mills for each one dollar of tax valuation, which amounts to 5 cents for each $100 of tax valuation, for a continuing period of time?
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