New School Buildings Campaign Kicks Off

POSTED BY: News Department
Friday, January 18, 2002 - 12:50 PM
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It was in 1908 that Lash School was built. Fifty-six years later, in 1954, Zanesville High School was constructed. It is now in the beginning of the 21st Century that a new set of buildings may enter into the history of the school district. That is the plan for school officials, and supporting of the upcoming bond issue. And to get the levy in motion, a year’s worth of preparation is setting the stage for what could be a dream come true and “Camelot” for Zanesville City Schools. The district is currently in desperate need of new educational facilities, and school officials are finding it difficult to provide strong academics in buildings that are struggling to be maintained. The entire new school building program will cost approximately $96,918,635 to complete, however the state is agreeing to pitch in a large amount because of the district’s severe need. The state of Ohio is going to pay for sixty-five percent of the cost of the program. The school’s buildings are seventy-two years old and are outdated, so levy supporters hope that the community welcomes the campaign. The state will be paying over sixty-two million dollars compared to the district’s thirty-four million dollars for the new schools program. School officials stress that the campaign is not aimed to alter or do away with the tradition and history of the schools, only to build upon it. Zanesville City School Systems will be working in conjunction with area businesses and community members to pass the levy. The next meeting concerning the bond issue is scheduled for February 1st.

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