POLAND, Ohio (WKBN) – The Poland school bond issue and tax levy that will be on the ballot November 3rd is asking voters to approve a 4.5 mill bond levy to build a new K-8 building.
If the issue passes, five school buildings will be torn down: Union, Dobbins, North, McKinley and the middle school. All five would be incorporated into one new facility.
“The middle school is 119 years old. Union Elementary is 133 years old. There’s no way that the folks that built those original pieces would have thought that in 2015 we would still be in those buildings, educating students,” said Poland superintendent, David Janofa.
Residents have spoken out about their concern of the area losing historical buildings.
The Poland Historical Society would like the see the structures preserved by someone.
“I’d like to just see that the historical heritage of our community isn’t suffered by the loss of these two buildings,” said President of Poland Historical Society, Larry Baughman.
However, Poland’s board of education says the old facilities will not sit idle. The district says the buildings will be razed in a way that will meaningfully preserve items and artifacts of historical significance.
Janofa says he understands the history and tradition of Poland schools.
“We want to try to preserve that, but we also want to try to progress as a district,” he said. “Certainly, providing an opportunity in a new facility will allow our students to progress in the 21st century.”
The board of education plans to design the new building to match the aesthetics of historic Poland.