Lakeview seeks levy for new school

CORTLAND, Ohio (WKBN) – An informational meeting was held Tuesday for the Lakeview school levy that will be on the November ballot.

Lakeview Superintendent Robert Wilson made his pitch to taxpayers to vote yes for a 4.55-mill levy that would run for 37 years.

The money would be used to build a brand new pre-K through 8 building and also to upgrade the district’s athletic facility. Lakeview Elementary School in Bazetta is almost 90 years old. The middle school is home to fourth through seventh grade.

“Certainly not educationally oriented. A K-8 building would be much more workable for our student body,” Wilson said.

The district said the price tag on the project is around $33 million. It’s working with the Ohio Schools Facilities Commission, so that shaves $10 million off the project, costing tax payers $23 million.

That price tag also would cover tearing down the current elementary and middle schools.

Wilson said the levy would cost someone with a $100,000 home approximately $176 per year.

One taxpayer said he’s okay with that.

“You figure what you’re getting is a bargain really for the little bit it is going to cost,” Fred Black said.

The proposed K-8 campus could be built on middle school property and would bring 66 percent of the student population under one roof.

“There are lots of economic advantages to having students under one roof,” Wilson said.

One parent prefers a K-12 campus and asked why the district can’t go that route. Wilson said there is just not enough space.

“If we need 80 acres and we have at maximum 33, then I think they are making the right decision to split them,” Kathy Wolanzyk of Cortland said.

If the levy passes, construction would start in 2016 and the building would be open for the 2017-18 school year.

The district’s last levy in 2010 passed by two votes and officials want to see stronger numbers this time.

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