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Norton district moves forward with bond issue

7/18/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Julia Kazar

Norton City School District residents once again will have a chance to vote on a bond issue this November.

Norton Board of Education members voted 5-0 July 15 to put a $22.8 million bond issue on the Nov. 5 ballot.

According to board President Cindy Webel, the action taken at the meeting places the issue on the ballot.

“If it’s approved,” Webel said, “we would construct a new high school on an area of land we recently purchased, move our stadium and football field to that area as well, transfer the middle school to the current high school and elementary students to the current middle school. Lots of plans are in the works.”

According to Treasurer Stephanie Hagenbush, the 36-year, 3.89-mill bond issue would cost the owner of a home valued at $100,000 $11.35 a month.

The last time the district had a bond issue on the ballot was in August 2010, when voters defeated a third attempt that would have seen the construction of a new high school and improvements to other district facilities.

Also during the meeting, the board approved contracts presented by legal counsel for the purchase of real estate located at 3806 S. Cleveland-Massillon Road.

According to Webel, the district is in the process of purchasing five plots of land from the city of Norton to expand the district’s campus. If the bond issue is approved, the newly acquired land will be used to build the new high school and athletic facility.

The board also approved a resolution that reallocates a 0.2-mill portion of the district’s 5.9-mill share of “inside millage” to a Permanent Improvement Fund.

“This is already money we collect,” Webel said, “we’re not asking for anything more; we’re just moving it into a different fund.”

Money collected from this fund goes toward current operating expenses, according to district officials. Funds will be earmarked for classroom maintenance for those that will be affected by the proposed bond issue, according to district officials.

In other business, the board welcomed new staff to the district, including Kimberly Bryant, a first-grade teacher at Norton Primary School; and Heather Waun, a third-grade teacher at Grill Elementary School, who were both present at the meeting. Other new staff members include: Kevin Aurand, S.T.E.M. Program teacher at Norton Middle School; Mindy Bober, language arts teacher at the Middle School; Brittany Bruce, special education teacher at the Middle School; Martin Davis, math teacher at the Middle School; Megan Wickline, math teacher at the Middle School; and Gennifer Yaggi, kindergarten teacher at Grill.

“I’d like to welcome all the new staff to Norton Schools,” said Superintendent Dave Dunn.

The next Committee-of-the-Whole meeting is scheduled for Aug. 12 at 6 p.m. at the Administration Building, 4128 S. Cleveland-Massillon Road, and the next regular school board meeting is set for Aug. 19 at 7:30 p.m. in the Norton High School Media Center, 4108 S. Cleveland-Massillon Road.

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