New school campaign parades the facts
Even though she could have registered to vote years earlier, it was not until the issue of replacing McCormick middle school became so dire that it finally happened.
The levy campaign committee to replace McCormick Middle School had its kickoff party at the Eagles Sunday, and recent Kent State graduate and Wellington High School alum Caroline Hardoby took a step toward bettering a school system that she no longer attends but still cares about by registering to vote.
The kickoff party included free snacks and refreshments, voter registration, info on the Aug. 5 Basket Bingo event at the high school with the doors opening at 11:30 a.m., sign-up for the Aug. 11 hot dog sale at Village Market from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and volunteer sign up for the fair booth.
Along the walls, signs read, “The cost would be less than $9 per month on a home with a tax value of $100,000,” “Inadequate Heat & Ventilation,” “Exposed steam piping exposed wiring, and exposed asbestos insulation.”
The kickoff was also full of influential village residents, as school principals, a superintendent, school board members, village council members, event organizers, and most importantly, parents, attended the event.
The levy kickoff was the second main event of the summer bond drive, as the Cheese Heritage Festival included a replace McCormick float and booth.
“A lot of out-of-towners came by and were concerned about McCormick and a lot from around here said, ‘No thanks, I don’t need any info, you already have my yes vote.,’” said Carrie Stannard from Citizens for Wellington Schools.
If the bond gets passed, the issue of the building still remains.
Money will be available to abate the asbestos (and tear down the building if need be), but the possibility of anyone turning McCormick into a functional building will be near impossible, as the structure has deteriorated severely and when the asbestos gets ripped out, the damage will not be fixed.
A similar situation happened to the Bellevue City Schools, where new buildings were to be built but no one was sure what to do with the old ones.
“The Bellevue City School District sold land to the city of Bellevue, but no school buildings will be on the property. The buildings are being demolished prior to the land transfer. The city plans to use the property for parks. It was a simple property transaction in which we sold the property to the city of Bellevue for $1 with the stipulation that the property would be used for community parks” said Bellevue school superintendent Kim Schubert.
McCormick could be sold to the village, as they would have the first opportunity per a legal agreement, but the school board will ask the neighbors what they want done before anything would be finalized.
by ADAM FOX