Madison-Plains seeks public input on facilities

(Posted May 1, 2024)

By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor

Madison-Plains Local Schools leaders are looking for feedback and input from the community regarding school facilities.

The school board has scheduled a special meeting for May 22 at 7 p.m. at the high school. The purpose of the meeting is to engage the community in a conversation about facility options for the district.

“We believe there’s a need facilities wise. We’re open to ideas from the community,” said Mark Mason, school board president.

The district has been on the ballot three times in the past year, asking voters to pass a bond issue to build a new facility for grades K-12. All three ballot attempts failed. The vote tallies were: 911-1,134 in the May 2023 primary election; 1,209-1,835 in the November 2023 general election; and 713-1,387 in the March 2024 primary.

The proposed project would have cost $68.6 million. The bond issue would have raised $55.3 million of that total over a period of up to 37 years. The cost to the taxpayer would have been $189 per year per $100,000 of appraised property value.

Following the levy failures, the school board and district administrators are going back to the drawing board. Input from the community will help the board make decisions on how to move forward, said Superintendent Chad Eisler.

The May 22 meeting is slated to take place in the high school gymnasium. The district will provide child care on-site during the meeting.

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