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Liberty Center Schools seek voter approval for new building

LIBERTY CENTER, OH (Toledo News Now) -

A major change could be onthe way for the Liberty Center School District: A brand new K-12 building.

Before that can happen,voters will have to approve a bond issue in November.

Superintendent KristiThompson says the building they are in now is in such bad shape that regularrepairs and maintenance issues are having a negative impact on learning.

"We're having issues withour water pipes," Thompson said. "We've had a gas leak this year. Our roofs arenot in good condition, and we don't have air conditioning in the elementary,and the rooms get extremely hot…It becomes not an educationally-sound place forkids to learn."

So the district is lookinginto building a new school. The total cost is expected to be a little over $40million, but if voters approve a levy, the district will only have to pay about36 percent of that. The rest would be paid for by the state.

Lisa Ackerman  has children in Liberty Center Schools, andsays she's seen some of the issues with the building, and wouldn't mind payinga bit more in taxes for a new building.

"Go ahead and do it, ifpeople allow it," Ackerman said. "I think they need a new one."

Plans are still in theearly stages now, but Thompson says she's confident this is the right decisionfor the district.

"Having a structure whereit's conducive to learning, and learning in the 21st century, isreally important and vital to the community," she said.

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