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Last chance for Swanton voters to approve new school

SWANTON, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Swanton school leaders are asking voters to approve a bond issue that would allow the district to build a brand new K-6 school.

They say the timing is perfect because extra funds are available from the state, but not everyone agrees.

 "We just really, truly believe that this need is real," said Superintendent Jeff Schlade.

He says the school's current middle and elementary schools are in bad shape. If they build a new K-6 school, they would move seventh and eighth grades to the high school building.

In order for the district to be able to use the approximately $11 million in state funds for the project, they need the community's support to come up with the rest by August. They are making a second and final attempt at getting the issue passed by voters.

"This really is our last shot, and if it doesn't pass again, then the state pulls that funding off the table," Schlade said.

If approved, the levy would cost the owner of a $100,000 home just over $9 a month.

Those against it say that's money they just don't have to spend right now, while those in support say they don't want to miss this opportunity for funding from the state.

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