What happened in the November 2017 election with Issue 33?

In 2017, the levy ballot issue was a combination 3.95 mil property tax levy and 0.5% earned income tax levy. This ballot issue failed 43% to 57%, or by ~400 votes. After the November election, a community survey was run to better understand the factors that influenced the overall "NO" vote.

Two major factors emerged: First, seniors/retirees overall voted YES for the levy. They recognized the need for a new building and appreciated that the property tax burden was offset by the earned income tax. Second, income earners who did NOT have students in the school tended to vote against the levy beacuse of the earned income tax.

The full results of this survey can be found by searching this site.

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What happened in the November 2017 election with Issue 33?

How will a separate Auditorium be used?

Despite the lack of an auditorium in Rootstown Schools, there are many groups within the school and the community who have voiced a need for such a facility. Some of those events include (but are not limited to):


Plays / Dramatic Performances, Board Meetings, Presentations, Concerts, Collaborative space, Wax Museum, Economics Day, Talent Show, Jr/Seniors College Presentations, Signing Day for Athletics, Career Day, Theater class, Drama Club - Movie premiere, Assemblies, Senior Awards, 8th grade recognition, 5th grade awards assembly, Opening Convocation, Trustee Meetings, Lions Club, Historical Society, Youth Banquets, Awards banquet, Bingo, NHS induction, Parent Education, CCP Night, 5-6th Orientation, 8-9th Orientation, Financial Aid Night, Freshmen Orientation, ACT Testing

Detailed Question

Why a separate auditorium? We don't have one now, why do we need it?

How will this Performing Arts / Auditorium be funded?

The Auditorium would be a combination of LFI and co-funded dollars. It would be integrated into the center of the main school building and leverage the facility infrastructure and stage space that is already funded by the State. Some of the seating would be fixed, traditional auditorium seating. The remainder would be telescoping seating, retractable to save space and costs. This method uses LFI dollars to fund improvements, such as the fixed seating, and additional space needs outside of what is provided by the State, while at the same time using the co-funded space to keep costs down.  This auditorium would look similar to those found at Coventry and Ravenna High Schools and save on construction costs compared to the 2017 plan.

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How will this Performing Arts / Auditorium be funded?

Why Build the LFIs Now?

Construction will never be less expensive than today’s dollars. Constructing the co-funded and LFI projects together allows oversight by the OFCC and sharing of contractor costs for both. Importantly, construction of the LFI projects (specifically, the athletics portion) is necessary to accommodate functions lost in the demolition of the existing buildings, such as the wrestling room and weight room (in the elementary school now).

Detailed Question

Do we have to build the new building and the LFI portion of the project together? Why build the LFI portion(s) now?

What is included in the "Locally Funded Intiatives" or LFI's?

In general terms, the projects are:
- An athletics fieldhouse to accommodate lockers, restrooms, and a wrestling room;
- Incorporation of administrative office space in the new Pre-K/12 building; 
- A new synthetic track surface and artificial turf football field;
- Incorporation of a Performing Arts Facility (PAF)/Auditorium in the new Pre-K/12 building, with flexible design to allow seating up to 500.

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What is included in the "Locally Funded Intiatives" or LFI's?