Permanent Improvement Issue

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Permanent Improvement Issue

On November 15, 2017, the Ohio Hi-Point Career Center Board of Education voted unanimously to place a 0.6-mill permanent improvement issue on the May 8, 2018 ballot. During the December 13, 2017 meeting, in the second of two votes required by legal process, the Board unanimously accepted the certificate of the county auditor and approved a resolution declaring intent to proceed with the permanent improvement issue to renovate the career center’s 43-year old building to provide students advanced technical training for 21st century jobs.

The issue, which is the first time in 40 years the district has placed an issue on the ballot, will cost taxpayers $1.84 a month, or $22 a year, per $100,000 of a home’s market value.

The permanent improvement issue is needed to offer enhanced lab-learning classes in fields that have local jobs to be filled, such as healthcare and skilled manufacturing, as well as create new learning spaces so additional training can be offered. The issue is also needed to make repairs and improvements to prolong the use of the existing building.

The Board has been discussing a plan to meet the demand for skilled workers in emerging jobs throughout the district’s communities and adjust and adapt to the ever-changing technology needs for the past few years. Students who attend Ohio Hi-Point can receive professional certifications needed for the modern-day workforce, and earn college credit for completed coursework.

The district is responsible with taxpayer resources and in the district’s day-to-day operations. In the last 20 years, the career center has lived within its means while growing by more than 3,500 students.

“We know how important it is ensuring every student has a plan, whether for employment or continuing education. Preparing today’s students for tomorrow’s successes through advanced technical and skills training will continue to help grow our own local economy,” said superintendent Dr. Rick Smith. “This permanent improvement issue will provide funds for renovations on the Bellefontaine Main Campus and increase technology, tools, and equipment within the district's satellite programs needed for today's modern-day workforce,” stated Smith.

Permanent Improvement Issue at a Glance

What: 0.6-mill
When: May 8, 2018
Cost to Taxpayers: $1.84 a month, or $22 a year, per $100,000 of a home's market value
Why: To provide high school students a 21st century education for 21st century jobs

Permanent Improvement FAQs

Why permanent improvement?

Permanent improvement levies can only be used for construction or equipment (which will last more than 5 years). A PI levy cannot be used for operating costs or salaries.

Why is the permanent improvement issue needed?

The permanent improvement issue is needed to:

  • Offer enhanced lab-learning classes in fields that have local jobs to be filled, such as healthcare and skilled manufacturing.
  • Provide students with more opportunities to study in labs that offer advanced technical training needed for the workforce.
  • Create new learning spaces so additional training can be offered studying in-demand new career fields that lead to 21st century technology jobs.
  • Make repairs and improvements to prolong the use of the existing building.
  • The building needs to be modernized to give local students the same opportunities as those in other communities.
  • Creating new state-of-the-art spaces that give students job-ready training that is offered in very few other places in the state.
  • Have dedicated areas for training students in evolving new technology, like smart cars, such as those being developed at the nearby Transportation Research Center.
  • Expand classroom sizes in order to be able to accommodate more students.

How will the funds be used?

The issue will provide funds for renovations on the Bellefontaine Main Campus and an increase in technology, tools, and equipment within the district's satellite programs needed for today's modern-day workforce.

Will there be any additional levies or bonds?

Ohio Hi-Point is committed to strong fiscal management and the career center has not asked voters for additional funding for operations or facilities in more than 40 years. If state funding and career technical education funding remain stable, the passage of this levy will serve OHP for the next 40 years and keep the district off the ballot with our partner schools' renewals and future levy considerations.

Learn More

You can learn more about Ohio Hi-Point and the permanent improvement issue by attending one of the district's coffee chats.

Over the next several weeks, our video series will highlight the amazing stories of students earning industry certifications and college credit for their coursework. You’ll also learn about our dedicated staff and the strong partnerships between education and industry. Renovations and expansion on the Bellefontaine Main Campus as well as additional technology, tools, and equipment within our satellite programs are needed to continue providing students a 21st century education for 21st century jobs.

Voting

You must register or update your voter registration no later than April 9, 2018 to vote in the May 8, 2018 Primary Election.

All Ohio voters whose registration information is up-to-date have the opportunity to vote in any election from the convenience of their own homes by requesting an absentee ballot. Absentee voting has many benefits – not only can you vote early, but absentee voting is convenient, reduces the chance of lines at the polls on Election Day, and absentee ballots are the first votes counted on Election Night.

Voters will need to fill out and return an application. Then, an absentee ballot will be mailed to you to make your selections at your leisure. You will need to return the completed ballot to the board of elections ahead of Election Day.

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About Ohio Hi-Point

Ohio-Hi Point provides high school students within our 14 partner school districts the opportunity for advanced technical and skills training, so they can be prepared to go directly into the modern workforce and find jobs. Ohio Hi-Point also provides students with the opportunity to earn college credit for their coursework, making college more affordable for today’s families.

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