(Posted Sept. 27, 2022)
By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor
The Madison-Plains Local Schools facilities advisory committee is recommending replacement of the district’s buildings. The district will seek public input at two community-wide meetings.
“Our district’s buildings are aging,” said Superintendent Chad Eisler. “Of the brick and mortar structures, the youngest building we have is the high school and it’s 50 years old. The elementary and junior high are in modular units; they’re life expectancy is 10 to 15 years, and we are in year 11.
“Our facilities, in many regards, are failing. It is time we have a conversation with our community about what it is they want to do with their school buildings for their children.”
Earlier this year, the district formed a facilities advisory committee made up primarily of individuals from the community. The group has met three times with anywhere from 20 to 60 members in attendance each time.
The group’s purpose, Eisler said, is to learn about the conditions of the buildings then, through discussion, make a recommendation to the board of education regarding what they would like to see happen with the buildings.
“At the last meeting, the committee members there talked about whether to renovate or replace. Those in attendance voted that the buildings should be replaced. The vote was taken after they toured all four buildings and heard about some of the different issues that are occurring,” Eisler said.
The district will hold two community-wide meetings at which the public can hear what the committee is recommending and offer input and feedback. Those meetings are set for 7 p.m. Oct. 25 and 7 p.m. Nov. 3 in the Madison-Plain High School gym.
Between now and then, the committee will meet to work on specifics, including potential funding sources. Among the possibilities are a bond issue for construction and contributions from the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission (OFCC). The OFCC awards funding to school districts based on a ranking system. At this time, Madison-Plains’ ranking would qualify the district for 9 percent co-funding from the state.