I'll have a story in the Akron Beacon Journal tomorrow about the board approving design plans for the new combined Buchtel High School/Perkins Middle school building project. The state generally pays for 59 percent of these projects and Akron (through its voter-approved city income tax) has to pay 41 percent. But on this project, the split is about 50/50 with local taxpayers paying a little more than the state.
Here's why: the state shares funding on a bare bones kind of school. If a district wants things like an auditorium or more classroom space for special education, the local taxpayers have to fund it at 100 percent. Those extras are going to cost about $7 million, so that boosts Akron's share to a smidge over 50 percent of the total cost.
This project was controversial because the district must sacrifice the practice football field in order to build the new school while keeping the existing school open.