Brecksville - Broadview Heights City School District
6638 Mill Road | Brecksville, OH 44141

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Bond Issue
The BBHCSD has placed Issue 3 on the May 8, 2018 ballot as a bond issue that will construct one brand new, state-of-the art PreK – 5 elementary school at the Blossom Bill Property on Oakes Road. Please click on the video below to learn about the true conditions of our elementary buildings in the district, and read the Frequently Asked Questions to learn more about why passing Issue 3 is very important.

 

                   
 
Bond Issue 3 Facts
 
 -  The BBHCSD is seeking voter approval of a bond issue on May 8, 2018 that will fund the construction of one, brand-new, PreK - 5 facility that will serve all elementary students in the district.
 
- The District will be asking voters for the SAME or a REDUCED MILLAGE amount as it relates to the bond which paid for the construction of the High School (expiring in 2021).  The proposed millage will be 2.20 mills, while the millage currently assessed is 2.46. 
 
  - The four, current elementary buildings in the BBHCSD are aged, outdated and feature a variety of much-needed capital infrastructure improvements that are beyond the routine scope of repair for the district’s maintenance team.  These include exposed external wiring on the outside of buildings, water pooling in electrical rooms, dial-up modems that power HVAC controls, structural slab settling and cracked asbestos tiles and much more.  NONE OF THE K-3 ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS HAVE CENTRAL AIR CONDITIONING.
 
 -  Passing a bond issue will allow the district to centralize the declining enrollment of the district’s elementary population.  It will also provide modern safety and security systems, enhanced electrical systems to keep up with technology and fully handicapped accessible buildings for students with special needs.
 
  -  The proposed location is at the Blossom Hill property on Oakes Road.  This location was selected for a number of reasons.  First, since the High School and Middle School are both in the City of Broadview Heights, the District desired a location for Grades PreK-5 that was in the City of Brecksville. Second, the property will be transferred to the BBHCSD in exchange for school-owned property at the Stadium Drive Athletic Field and Central School.  Finally, the District listened to community feedback and identified a location that maximized transportation routes and minimized impact on neighborhoods.
 
 -  The current amenities, including the turf soccer fields, Brecksville Cooperative Preschool and Montessori School, will be undisrupted.  The City has stated its intent to help with site preparation and ensure efficient ingress to and egress from the property.  Keep in mind that the schools are likely to need only approximately 20 acres of the total 185 acres available.  The Stadium Drive Complex will be transferred to the City and an offer has been extended to make a portion of the property available for District sporting events.  Central School will be transferred to the City for their long-term planning and use.
 
  - Passing a bond issue for one, brand-new, PreK - 5 facility will allow the district to save about a $1Million each year in operating costs.
 
 -  The decision to build one, brand-new, PreK - 5 facility, rather than two buildings, comes as a result of declining enrollment in the district and the cost savings of more than $4 Million.
 
 - The BBHCSD is considering all kinds of concepts and schedules that separate students by age and grade. Learning spaces, play areas, and even cafeteria times will all be designed to minimize the time our youngest students interact with our oldest students as they go about their day.  Having all our elementary students together in one school also allows our kids to get to know each other from a young age, which can actually help reduce social issues that often come up in later grades.  Keep in mind that during the planning phase (following bond passage), the district will look to the community and our teachers for feedback on the new school design so that our children’s experience there will be a positive one.
 
 - The bond issue includes approximately $5 million for updates to the Middle School and High School, including upgrades to safety and security, technology systems, and infrastructure repairs.  The District intends to transform studying spaces into 21st century learning environments that enhance collaboration and interaction with technology.
 
Bond Issue 3 Frequently Asked Questions
 
 QUESTION:  Why is the District asking for this bond issue?
 
ANSWER:   The district can ask voters for the SAME MILLAGE AMOUNT that built the High School, for up to 35 years.  The elementary facilities are aged, outdated and in need of serious infrastructure upgrades that go beyond routine maintenance.
 
 QUESTION:  Where is the proposed location for the facility and why was that location selected?
 
ANSWER:   The proposed location is at the Blossom Hill property on Oakes Road.  This location was selected for a number of reasons.  First, since the High School and Middle School are both in the City of Broadview Heights, the District desired a location for grades PreK-5 that was in the City of Brecksville.  Second, the property will be transferred to the BBHCSD in exchange for school-owned property at the Stadium Drive Athletic Field and Central School.  Finally, the District listened to community feedback and identified a location that maximized transportation routes and minimized impact on neighborhoods.
 
QUESTION:   What will happen to the current amenities at Blossom Hill, and what is to become of the Stadium Drive and Central School Properties?
 
ANSWER:   The current amenities, including the turf soccer fields, Brecksville Cooperative Preschool and Montessori School, will be undisrupted.  The City has stated its intent to help with site preparation and ensure efficient ingress to and egress from the property.  Keep in mind that the schools are likely to need only approximately 20 acres of the total 185 acres available.  The Stadium Drive Complex will be transferred to the City and an offer has been extended to make a portion of the property available for District sporting events. Central School will be transferred to the City for their long-term planning and use.
 
 QUESTION:  Why is the district continuing to come back to the voters again?
 
ANSWER:   The Brecksville-Broadview Heights City School District derives 68% of total revenue from local real estate property taxes to support daily operating expenses and permanent improvement expenses.  It’s been 22 years since the last Permanent Improvement Bond was approved by voters to build the High School.  The Board of Education has the responsibility to maintain adequate facilities to effectively teach children well into the 21st century.  The district has tried to be sensitive to the voters, but these much-needed upgrades still remain and can be financed for the same millage amount if passed.
 
QUESTION:   Didn’t our community just pass a levy for the BBHCSD in 2017?
 
ANSWER:   A new operating levy was approved by voters in May 2017, that will fund district operating expenses.  Keep in mind that this was the first new money operating levy to pass in more than 12 Years. Property tax assessments will vary by individual real property valuations.  This is a permanent improvement bond for the construction of a new facility - two different levies for two different types of funding uses.  Most importantly, the district is able to LOCK IN its current millage rate.  Voters will continue paying a similar amount in relation to the High School bond, which is set to expire in 2021.
 
QUESTION:   Are the schools being fiscally responsible?
 
 ANSWER:  According to the State, the district has been VERY FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE, confirmed by the fact that the BBHCSD has achieved the Auditor of State’s Award for clean financial audits each year since 2012.  We can assure anyone that the State of Ohio Auditors Office, the Ohio Superintendent of Instruction, the Ohio Department of Taxation and the Cuyahoga County Fiscal Office, have all provided the continual checks & balances the public demands and requires in maintaining a fiscally responsible governmental agency.  One new permanent improvement bond every 20-25 years and one new operating levy every 8-10 years is indicative of fiscally responsible behavior.
 
QUESTION:   What sort of upgrades can be expected at the High School and Middle School?
 
ANSWER:   The bond issue includes approximately $5 million for updates to the Middle School and High School.  These include upgrades to safety and security, technology systems, and infrastructure repairs.  Both buildings require a technology upgrade to be compatible with the substantial growth of Chromebook usage and to enhance the Internet bandwidth and speed capacity.  Plus, the District intends to transform studying and learning spaces to become more open, collaborative and interactive with technology.  Our ultimate goal is to provide a 21st century learning environment at the Middle School and High School, and both principals are part of a team that is currently studying other design models from successfully used building concepts in the region.
 
QUESTION:   Why did the Board of Education seek one building, when two buildings were recommended by the Facilities Planning Committee?
 
ANSWER:   The Board ultimately made the decision to go with one state-of-the-art PreK-5 building based on the results of a community survey as well as data which shows steadily declining enrollment numbers in our district.  One school also allows all our elementary students to have access to the same educational experience and to get to know all the children at their grade level from a younger age.  Finally, building one new elementary building rather than two will save our district $4 million in upfront costs and $1 million dollars a year in operating costs.
 
 QUESTION:  How much will this ultimately cost the taxpayers and for how long?
 
ANSWER:   You can calculate the yearly tax impact by taking your home value, multiplying by .35 and multiplying that answer by the proposed millage amount, .0022 (2.2 mills) to calculate your annual tax impact if this issue passes.  Divide that total by 12, to obtain your monthly impact.  The district will be taking 2.46 mills off your tax bill at the end of 2021, and proposing to add 2.20 mills with this bond issue for an additional 35 years.  A home valued at $100,000 would experience approximately $7/month of a tax impact.
 
QUESTION:   How much will my taxes go down, if we let the current bond expire?
 
ANSWER:   Residents’ current estimated tax payment is based on 2.46 mills, so the property tax savings on a home valued at $200,000 would be a little more than $14 each month, if the bond does not pass.
 
QUESTION:   Any other details that can be shared about the Preschool?
 
ANSWER:   The Preschool is scheduled to be part of this new building and the district will closely monitor enrollment figures for eligible students now and in the future to ensure that this is the best location.
 
QUESTION:   Can the BBHCSD successfully combine grades PreK - 5 into one building in a cohesive, safe and appropriate manner?
 
ANSWER:   Final designs are still being determined, but the BBHCSD is considering all kinds of concepts and schedules that separate students by age and grade.  Learning spaces, play areas, and even cafeteria times will all be designed to minimize the time that our youngest students interact with our oldest students as they go about their day.  Having all our elementary students together in one school also allows our kids to get to know each other from a young age, which can actually help reduce social issues that often come up in later grades. Keep in mind that during the planning phase (following bond passage), the district will look to the community and our teachers for feedback on the new school design so that our children’s experience there will be a positive one.
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