MOUNT VERNON — The Ohio School Board Facilities Commission has asked the Mount Vernon Board of Education to let it know whether the district intends to prepare a school construction project for OSFC approval, and the board discussed the matter at its meeting Monday evening.
Board president Margie Bennett said on Tuesday the board has until Aug. 31 to let the OSFC know if the district plans to construct a new school in 2011. Therefore, Bennett said, the board asked the OSFC for an extension to be considered next year because the board wishes to solicit community input before making a decision.
The OSFC has changed its policy so that school districts can now build or renovate one building at a time, rather than doing all of its facilities at once, making it more cost effective for school districts. The OSFC would provide 36 percent of the cost for a new facility, and the district would also get a $7 million “credit” for Twin Oak. Bennett said the board would like to hear from voters before deciding which, if any, building to replace.