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Media Advisory :  Residents to Vote on Upcoming Bond Extension
Media Advisory : Residents to Vote on Upcoming Bond Extension
Kris Kirby
Friday, January 25, 2019

For Immediate Release
Residents to Vote on Upcoming Bond Extension

On May 7, 2019, citizens of Ovid-Elsie Area Schools will have an opportunity to go to the polls to vote on a bond extension to provide the district with $6 million to fund capital improvements throughout the district. By extending the existing bond debt an additional three years, we can do these improvements without raising taxpayers’ existing rates.

It has been 15 years since we remodeled and rebuilt our two elementary schools and 22 years since the middle school was built. These beautiful facilities were built to last, but they still need attention to maintain them for years to come.

What we need to do:

  • Create a sixth grade science lab in an existing classroom
  • Regrind and cap parking lots:
    •  Bus garage
    • Leonard Elementary
    • E.E. Knight Elementary
  •  Replace the older portion of the roof at Leonard Elementary
  •  Resurface the track
  • Purchase buses
  • Add safety and security items:
    •  Additional cameras
    • Cover exterior windows with blast proof film
  • Technology upgrades
    • We need to upgrade many of our servers and replace devices to maintain our current levels
  •  Upgrade High School bathrooms
  • Replace drainage, re-crown, top dress football field, top dress baseball, softball fields
  • Add bleachers to the athletic field visitors side and High School gymnasium balcony
  • Patch and re-coat tennis courts
  •  Replace original soundboard and lighting in Auditorium
  •  Replace aging food service equipment
  •  Build industrial arts storage barn

These bond-funded projects can be completed without raising the current millage rate by extending the length of the current bonds by only three years. These projects will allow the district to keep more dollars directly tied to our classrooms and provide our students and staff with the necessary learning tools needed to keep Ovid-Elsie Area Schools the nationally and state recognized district of academic and financial excellence it has been.