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Columbiana school shows signs of wear

January 20, 2014

COLUMBIANA — Shuttered for nearly half a year, the 1962 edition of South Side Middle School is deteriorating fast and the district cannot continue housing students at other buildings, Superintendent......

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Jan-25-14 8:03 AM

JasonReager I just assumed that you understand when you are discussing schools you are discussing education. Believe or not, I send my kids to school for an EDUCATION not for the building. My complaint is on the way the district is spending the taxpayers money... My money. Unlike others, the purpose for sending my children to school is to help receive the best EDUCATION as possible not for athletics or other extra curricular activities or the design of the building. The district has the money to replace the roof. Perhaps not the money to make the unnecessary upgrades like they did at Dixon, but sufficient enough that it was not necessary to close half of the middle school. Just another scare tactic to pressure voters into other unnecessary expenditures.

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Jan-22-14 6:51 PM

Scott....Many of those previous taxpayers you refer to are still paying taxes in the City of Columbiana....not to mention a separate school district tax.

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Jan-21-14 1:49 PM

The 2.5 million comment that was made in regards to Columbiana schools roll over balance. When you reviewed the books with the treasurer did you ask her what it takes to run the school monthly including payroll? Well here is your answer approx. $850,000 so that's 3 months reserve. That's not very much considering anything could happen. Now take out $600,000 for a roof now your at a little more than 2 months. That's not much of a reserve left. I'm ok if taxpayers don't want to fix a school that previous taxpayers have paid for thru the years. But those people that don't want to pay are the same people that will complain because the school has deteriorated and then ask why!!

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Jan-21-14 6:22 AM

If I based my child's education solely on the how "up to date" the building was, I would have moved my children a long time ago. Columbiana has the proven to have the best education around time and time again. That is why I send my children to Columbiana: for an education! Just because the board makes poor monetary decisions doesn't mean that my children are getting a poor education. The teachers and staff really care about the education they are giving my children despite the deplorable conditions of the physical building and for that Kudos to the teachers of Columbiana Schools!

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Jan-20-14 9:56 PM

As a taxpayer of Columbiana schools, I did contact the school treasurer and gained information necessary to cast my vote in November. Did you know that the Columbiana schools had a rollover of over 2.5 MILLION dollars? That is more than enough to replace the roof at South Side Middle School. Closing half of the middle school is a scare tactic. I know that the middle school needs a new roof and many other updates. The board needs to start with the money they have to take care of these things a little at time, rather than wasting money on the gym floors and new carpeting to the locker rooms. The cost to repair the gym floors and locker rooms is minimal compared to the roof, but if you start saving with the "minimal" expenses then you will have enough to make other NEEDED repairs. Also, why did the elementary school need such an extravagant gym? Columbiana School Board members need to get their prorities straight. This is a SCHOOL where EDUCATION should come FIRST before sport

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Jan-20-14 6:06 PM

The reason why the board fixed the gym floors was to maintain the integrity of the floors. Additionally it was done to protect the students during activities they have from the floors that had deteriorated. This cost was minimal compared to the cost of replacing the roof. The school board currently is looking at the bond issue and reducing the cost of it to make it more affordable and appropriate for the taxpayer to be able to pay for the renovations that are needed for the middle school. A taxpayer may at anytime request a review of the current financial expenditures in the school should they believe that the school is not being fiscally responsible. Our Governor of who we elected continues to rob the States schools of revenue to balance his budget, throwing it back on the taxpayer to fund there school system. One thing is for certain for those that believe a bond issue is not needed I ask you this.. Who paid for your school and education you had? The taxpayer!

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Jan-20-14 10:43 AM

the board is trying to scare people into voting for the bond. They fixed 2 gym floors with general fund money why didn't they fix the*****roof first?????

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Jan-20-14 8:57 AM

The majority of the voting people of Columbiana obviously couldn't give two-$h!t$ about their schools. Nice. The kids must see you as a tremendous role model. Way to care for your own, Columbiana.

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