OSBA head: Need for Firelands money is real

To the editor:

I am writing in support of the Firelands Local School District bond issue on the March 15 ballot.

Funds generated by the 5.7-mill measure will help build and maintain a new high school/middle school for students in grades six to 12. The cost is $17 a month per $100,000 of home valuation.

After determining district buildings are outdated and inefficient, the state has agreed to pay more than $6.2 million of the nearly $35.7 million in construction costs.

The need is real. Current buildings — Firelands High School and South Amherst Middle School — are no longer efficient for today’s educational needs. Outdated boilers, plumbing, and electrical systems are costly to repair and maintain. Tens of thousands of dollars are spent every year to make Band-Aid repairs. Those costs will only continue to grow.

The new building will provide students the environment they need to continue to be successful. Currently, more than 80 percent of Firelands graduates go on to college, trade school, or the military.

Strong schools make for strong communities. This investment will ensure a strong future. I encourage Firelands Local School District residents to vote for the bond issue on March 15.

Richard Lewis

Executive Director

Ohio School Boards Association