According to unofficial results reported from seven of 16 precincts late last night, the Beaver Local School District bond issue is projected to win, with 56.26 percent of the vote.
"The future begins now for Beaver Local Schools," said Superintendent Kent Polen
Polen offered his thanks to what he called "a very strong committee," whose members he praised for their hard work and whom he credited with playing a vital role in the victory of the measure. He also was very thankful for the support of the community at large, from which he said he received overwhelmingly positive feedback.
"All the way up to tonight, I felt very positive about the direction of the campaign," Polen said. He stated that he was confident the community would see the need for the new school building and respond accordingly.
He said that this election was about ensuring the best for the students of Beaver Local School District, present and future and that the results reaffirm the sentiment that he and committee members felt was in the community.
When asked what happens next, Polen replied, "We're going to enjoy the moment. The community needs to celebrate the accomplishment of something that's been in the making for 10 years."
According to Polen, the next step will include meetings with representatives from the Ohio School Facilities Commission to create a timeline for the building project, from finalizing the layout of the school with architects to obtaining the necessary permits. He anticipates a groundbreaking in March 2013.
All residents will be welcome at a series of planned meetings where the board of education will seek input from members of the community, including those who voted against the measure. "This school is for the benefit of the entire community," he said.
The 5.223 mill bond issue will partially fund construction of a new consolidated K-12 school building that will replace the district's five aging structures, which are in need of major renovations. An additional .5 mill facilities maintenance issue toward upkeep of the new structure is included, giving a total 5.723 mills.