Princeton school board passes levy to build two new schools

By Stefano DiPietrantonio – bio |email

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - They were partying like it's 1999 in Glendale Monday night. That's because it was back in 1999 when voters in Princeton City Schools last faced a bond levy.

A packed house cheered and celebrated as the initial vote to build two new schools passed.

Tom O'Neill, Princeton City School Communications Director, says people were cheering and children were holding signs up saying, "this is our future."

O'Neill said it was a joyous vote and passed 5-0, without an ounce of opposition. Back in 2008, it lost by about only 150 votes. So, the Board cut $20 million from that previous bond issue.

Another big difference is there are tens of millions in federal stimulus dollars available to Ohio schools.

That means this particular project to build a middle and high school, would create hundreds of local jobs. They will be on the same property, but as separate structures that share a common public space.

O'Neill said it has been a long time coming.

"Typically it's a 2-4 year increment for school districts to keep going back to voters and we told them in 1999, that we'd probably come back in about five years, and here we are it's been eleven," O'Neill said.

Both schools are currently rated Excellent by the Ohio Department Of Education. However, both buildings got failing grades for serious safety issues and infrastructure problems.

Both buildings have antiquated heating and cooling systems, and are non-compliant on any number of federal standards, including asbestos abatement.

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