There is not a JEDD on the table.
First and foremost, JEDD proposals to-date have hinged on freeing up the school property on State Route 44 for commercial development, taxing NEOMED employees at 2%, and passing much of that funding (70%) along to Rootstown LSD to fund a new school on a new site. At this time, there are no available, suitable sites in the school district to which the school could be moved. The JEDD is not a possibility or actively being discussed.
The JEDD was a township issue and therefore up to the township trustees to pass. Just like the majority of business owners and residents, the School Administration and Board did not feel they received enough information to be for or against the JEDD. In addition, the administration and board could not base the tremendously important decision of moving the school on the uncertainties that went along with the topic of the possible JEDD, as it was proposed. These uncertainties include:
• The district and BoE would have had to base the decision on what MIGHT happen IF the township trustees were successful in their efforts to pass a JEDD SOMETIME in the future, and IF voters approved to move the school, and IF relocating the school was even possible (see major concerns with this under “School Location”).
• While purportedly some money would be received by the school from a JEDD even if the school stayed on its current location, the “windfall” the school would potentially receive would only happen IF the school moved. This “windfall” was absolutely NOT guaranteed. (And again, see major concerns with the school being able to relocate under “School Location”.)
• In addition, what happens if the BOE asked voters to approve moving the school based on the promise of a JEDD “windfall,” voters approved the move, and the trustees are never successful in getting a JEDD on the ballot and/or passed? The school district would then be back at square one.
• During all this, years could pass and that could impact the amount of funding the state would supply, potentially impacting how much the local share would be