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Perrysburg residents to see bond issue on ballot for new school

Perrysburg Superintendent Tom Hosler Perrysburg Superintendent Tom Hosler
PERRYSBURG, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Perrysburg residents will soon decide on whether or not they want to pay more taxes so the school district can expand. A bond issue was approved for the November ballot during a meeting Monday night.

District leaders say they need the money the bond would generate because there had been a steady increase in enrollment, but nowhere to put the students as classrooms fill up. So they want to build a new school to house fifth and sixth grade students. They say the new building would house 900 students and would be built somewhere in the southwest corner of the district.

"I feel like the elementary schools are very overcrowded," said Perrysburg parent Nichole Hubbard.

The district is currently using 20 modular units to provide extra classrooms, but Hubbard says she hopes to see that change.

"I think, probably, those kids don't feel as much a part of the schools as other kids do in the classroom," she said.

Hubbard could see that change if voters approve the bond issue in November.

"Every 10 years, the district has added a new building or done a major addition," said Superintendent Tom Hosler. "Here we are, 13 years, 600 more students and we need to do something permanently."

If approved, residents would start to pay extra taxes in 2016, when the current levy expires. The change would cost the owner of a $100,000 home about $3 more per month than what they're paying right now.

While some residents don't want to see their taxes increase, Hubbard says it would be money well spent, and she thinks the community will come together to support it.

"Perrysburg citizens are very committed to having a good school system, so I think we always do what we need to do," she said.

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