The discussion of the state of school facilities in North Canton City School District began with a Futures Conference in November of 2016. This conference served as an opportunity for discussion about the students of the future, the careers of the future, and the schools of the future. Participants offered interesting insights, and several residents became members of our steering committee which met five times over the course of our study. We arrived at a plan to construct or renovate the NCCS school buildings. The North Canton City School District’s Board of Education placed the facilities issue combined with an income tax to operate the district on the ballot November 7, 2017; however, it was turned down by voters. The NCCS administration then consulted with residents who had backgrounds in finance, and this panel directed the district to place an operating levy on the ballot and pursue the facilities improvement piece at a later date. The property tax levy for operating the district passed May 8, 2018.
We believe the time to address our aging facilities
has arrived. The Mary L. Evans Early Childhood Center was originally built in
1924. Greentown Intermediate was constructed in 1928. Orchard Hill was built in
1956, and Clearmount was built in 1959. After an exhausting study that included
input from residents, members of the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission,
attorneys and staff, we believe we must put an issue before the voters.
The bond issue will appear on the
March 17, 2020, ballot. The proposal would consolidate five of the present schools: The Mary L. Evans Early Childhood Center, Clearmount Elementary and Northwood Elementary would be consolidated into a preschool through second grade. Greentown Intermediate and Orchard Hill Intermediate would become a grades three through five building.