Pre-construction work continues on K-5 school

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By Carol McIntire

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Carrollton Schools Superintendent Dr. David Quattrochi expressed his desire to conduct a board of education work session to discuss progress on the new K-5 school building during the Feb. 8 meeting. 

The district contracted with Lesko Architects of Cleveland to design the new building, which will attach to the present middle school/high school on Scio Rd. 

Greenspace Construction Services, also of Cleveland, was the low bidder for construction management services and will serve in that capacity for the project, which is slated to begin this spring. 

The Ohio Facilities Construction Commission approved $8,538,194 in state funding last summer. Those funds, along with $20,286,669 in local funding will make up the $20,824,863 project. 

Carrollton Schools board of education members approved moving two mills of “inside millage” for new construction, which is permissible under Ohio Law. Inside millage is tax dollars the district receives which are not voted on by the public. 

Carroll County receives 10 mills of inside millage with the school district receiving four of those mills. 

Carroll County Auditor Lynn Fairclough stated a public meeting in May 2021, the two mills will equate to about $607,000 per year. 

Taxpayers must replace the two mills through an increase in property taxes. Fairclough estimated the increase in property taxes to be about $62 per year on a home valued at $100,000. 

Since the OFCC made its award in the summer of 2021, the size of the building has been reduced due to a decline in the number of elementary students enrolled in the district.

Quattrochi will set a date for the work session and notify board members.

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