Last updated: May 01. 2014 4:43PM - 439 Views
By Ryan Carpe rcarpe@civitasmedia.com

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GREENVILLE - The Greenville School District is gearing up for a renewal school levy on Tuesday which deals exclusively with permanent improvements lasting at least five years.

The expenditures covered by the levy could include educational equipment, building improvements, parking lot improvements, computers, educational materials and safety equipment. By law, the funding produced by the levy could not be spent on salaries and benefits.

According to the Greenville administration, additional computers remain chief on the list for permanent school improvements, which are needed to prepare for upcoming online assessments and are necessary for current curriculum standards.

Specific permanent improvement needs over the next five years also include Memorial Hall restorations including tuck pointing, window/door replacement and asphalt paving, tennis court improvement to surface and fencing, resurfacing the track at Harmon Field, replacement copy machines, a new school van, site work to the parking lots and sidewalk, repair and lighting work to Harmon Field, safety equipment upgrades, snow and mowing replacement and carpeting for the high school media center.

On behalf of the renewal levy, Greenville Superintendent Doug Fries has been speaking with local organizations about the major investment into buildings and grounds that requires ongoing maintenance and upgrades which benefit the students, staff and community.

The 2 mil Permanent Improvement Levy was approved by voters in 1989 and has been renewed ever since, however it currently now collects at less than 1 mil. Ohio Revised Code does not allow schools to received additional income on the Permanent Improvement Renewal from increasing home values. The amount of funding generated is not affected by reappraisals, only new construction.

If passed on May 6, the renewal would generate approximately $500,000.

The Greenville Board of Education has given their full support of the levy in an effort to remind residents that they still have to maintain the existing K-8 buildings until the new school is constructed and in use. The current older buildings have to be maintained until 2017.

“It’s extremely beneficial and necessary for the school district” said School Board Member Dave Ernst.

In the last five years, Greenville City Schools have used the permanent improvement funding for the high school gymnasium renovation project, Memorial Hall restoration, new and repaired boilers at various buildings, district computer/technology replacement, abatement of asbestos at various buildings,steam line and waste water upgrades at Woodland and more.

Since the levy is a renewal, the State of Ohio funded rollback still applies. All new levies have lost this advantage which was eliminated in the summer of 2013.

The issue will be listed as Issue 3 on the ballot, and the polls will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. throughout the district.

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