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Pickerington Schools to place 0.5-mil extension levy on ballot
The Pickerington School Board has voted to place a 0.5-mil building maintenance levy onto the May ballot.
This will extend an existing levy passed in 1997 another 10 years and enables the district to qualify for up to $50 million of Ohio Schools Facilities Commission money for upgrade and maintenance work on five district school buildings.
The five buildings are Fairfield, Pickerington and Violet Elementary Schools; Ridgeview Junior High; and Pickerington High School Central.
Board Treasurer Dan Griscom said at at the Feb. 9 meeting that this is "a wonderful opportunity for our district and our tax payers."
The maintenance levy currently is in force, costing $11.15 annually per $100,000 home value at current effective tax rates. That will not change.
Board officials said the current levy is in effect until 2020. A "yes" vote allows the district to receive the additional $50 million from the state.
In other news, the PHS Central boy's football team has been recognized as having the fifth highest academic grade point average (GPA) for a football squad in the state.
Surveyed were 715 Ohio high schools. At 3.7, Central's is the highest GPA for a starter squad in central Ohio with New Albany the next closet at ninth.
The school board meets every second Monday of the month. The next meeting will be March 9.
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