Educators in Vienna push for new facility

VIENNA, Ohio (WKBN) — For nearly 100 years, Mathews High School has been a staple of Vienna. However, educators in the district are literally showing people in the community why a new K-12 building is needed by the time the next election comes around.

They claimed that one of the reasons they need a new building is because of a crumbling infrastructure.

“It was just a shock that it was like that,” said parent Bobbi Jo Rogos.

Rogos was one of many parents who toured Mathews High School Friday evening.

“It needs replaced really bad. There are spots in there that looks like the roof is coming down,” said Rogos.

Friday is one of at least two days people can tour the high school. Educators say the 99-year-old building is in disrepair, and they are working to show people in the district why by the time voters cast their ballot this May.

“The people in our community need the facts to make a decision like this,” said Mathews Superintendent Lew Lowery.

The Mathews School District is asking taxpayers to approve a bond issue costing taxpayers $24 million over 37 years, something people supporting the levy said will be a tough sell.

“The biggest thing of people my age, is the money. Which I know is a concern, but if you want something bad enough you can find the money for it,” said resident Anna Hirschinger.

A decaying facade, exposed pipes, an outdated heating and crowded spaces are several reasons educators stressed that they need a new state-of-the-art facility. On the opposite side of one of the walls, there used to be a leaking pipe which caused the plaster on the wall to bubble. Educators also said that’s a visible reminder on why the buildings need to be replaced.

District Speech and Language Pathologist Carla Pacileo explained that it’s not just the adults who are frustrated with the buildings.

“Its interesting to here what five, six, seven, eight-year-olds say they want computers, they want science labs,” said Pacileo.

If the levy passes, the state will be responsible for paying 19 percent to replace the buildings, while the local community will have to make up the rest.  However, that would mean that a homeowner with a $100,000 house will pay an additional $327 a year.


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