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Levy for New Building Returns to Ballot

Levy for New Building Returns to Ballot
Springfield-Clark Career Technology Center (CTC) is gearing up to rally the community to support the construction of a new school building.

At the end of May, the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission (OFCC) passed a resolution to grant schools like CTC an additional three months to secure local funding. Throughout June, the Springfield-Clark CTC Board of Education collaborated to refine the ballot language, to include a clear delineation between the 37-year bond (.94 mils) and a continuing levy (.46 mils).

“We heard from the community that there was confusion about the permanence of the levy and questions about the issuance of bonds, which is how most of our school districts have framed their requests for new construction projects. This adjustment to the language aims to clarify these points,” explained Jamie Callan, Board President.

Investing in the Community’s Future

The proposed new facility is a $90 million project, with the OFCC committing to provide $38.7 million - nearly half the total cost. This substantial funding is one of the highest levels OFCC has offered to a career-center in the state.

Meeting Local Workforce Needs

Currently, CTC offers high school students over 20 programs in high-demand career fields like: Healthcare, Welding and Manufacturing, Residential and Commercial Electrical and Carpentry, and Auto Repair Services.

These programs are essential to our community, supplying interns, apprentices, and full-time employees to alleviate the local labor shortage. For the 2023-24 school year, 131 CTC students participated in work placement, earning over $1.2 million and contributed to the local economy. “Numbers like this set us apart and demonstrate why CTC is indispensable to Clark County. We’re not just a school; we are a cornerstone of education and business in this community,” shared Superintendent Michelle Patrick.

The Impact of Limited Space

Due to undersized classrooms, CTC has had to turn away nearly 200 students for the current 2024-25 school year alone. “Our space constraints have more than doubled the number of students we’ve turned away in the past five years, hindering our ability to meet the growing demand for career-tech programs and skilled workers in our local economy,” shared Chris James, CTC's Executive Director.

Why a New Building?

While CTC’s buildings were state-of-art for their time, by today’s standards, they are outdated and undersized, limiting the number of students CTC can accept. OFCC’s analysis highlighted several issues:

  • Undersized classrooms: According to state minimum standards, many classrooms are 30-50% too small.
  • Inadequate systems: Electrical, HVAC, and other mechanical systems are outdated, inefficient, and costly to repair.
  • Insufficient lab facilities: Labs need eyewash stations, exhaust systems, and gas lines.
  • Aging infrastructure: The building is not energy efficient and cannot be retrofitted. Standing water has caused issues on roofs and leaks have created safety hazards.

How the Levy Affects You

A new facility would be built on the existing property - over 100 acres currently owned by CTC, so no additional funds will be needed to purchase land. The local funding would be raised through a combination of bonds and property tax levy.

For a home with an appraised value (an auditor-assigned value, NOT the market value) of $100,000 the cost would be $4.08 per month or $49 per year. Compared to other school district tax levies, CTC is significantly less due to the shared project cost amongst more residents.

Superintendent Patrick emphasized, "Funding a new building ensures our students are equipped to fill local jobs and contribute meaningfully to the community immediately after graduation, if not while still attending high school. The path to success varies for each of our students, but ultimately, the end goal is the same - a successful and fulfilling career."

For additional information on the ballot issue please visit SCCTC.org/Building.