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Copley-Fairlawn will place a bond issue on the ballot

COPLEY – The School Board of Schools in the City of Copley-Fairlawn took the first step on July 19 by placing a $50 million, 30-year bond issue before voters in the November 8 general election by approving a resolution that declares its necessity.
“It’s up to the fiscal officer to tell us the mileage required based on the interest rate,” said district treasurer John Wheadon. “Currently, we expect around 2.98%.”
According to the Summit County Tax Office, the bond issue will cost owners an additional $104 a year if approved by voters. At a special meeting on June 22, the council approved the final step of placing the question on the ballot in time to meet the Summit County Board of Elections deadline.
District officials said the bond issuance is needed to complete a number of building renovations throughout the district, which are expected to begin in 2023.
At the Jan. 11 school board meeting, Superintendent Brian Poe said the scope of the project includes updating the stadium at Copley High School (CHS), including the entrance, clubhouse, and lighting, while maintaining the existing ground in place; as well as toilet renovations in all buildings; bring sewer service to high schools and colleges and to the bus garage; improvement of the cafeteria and the kitchen of the high school and the college; and improvements to parking and fencing throughout the district.
Poe noted at the time that the district believes “the ‘bones’ of our buildings are good” and that renovations are more cost-effective than a demolition and reconstruction project, which he said could cost five to six times more than the renovation option.
Also at the July 19 meeting, the board approved:
• A memorandum of understanding with Walsh University to provide instructional services related to the district’s College Credit Plus program for the upcoming school year and a service agreement with the Center for Literacy Coaching and Services for students from the University of Akron. Poe said this latest agreement is a benefit to both the student interns and the district and is free to the district.
• School breakfast and lunch prices for the coming year, both increasing by 50 cents. Poe said the increase is “not for-profit pricing” but rather a reaction to rising food costs. Breakfast price will be $2 and lunch price will be $3.25 for elementary schools and $3.50 at Copley-Fairlawn Middle School and Copley High School.
The School Board of Schools in the City of Copley-Fairlawn will meet August 16 at 5:30 p.m. at Copley High School, 3807 Ridgewood Road.

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