NORTH CANTON: Superintendent Michael Hartenstein asked the Board of Education to consider a permanent improvement levy to fund upgrades to the district’s buildings and aging bus fleet.
“Our infrastructure is in serious need of attention, but there are limited funds to address this issue,” Hartenstein said Thursday. “We are also behind on technology. We must give our students a 21st century education with 21st century tools.”
Roughly 75 percent of Ohio schools have an improvement levy, Hartenstein said.
North Canton has never had one.
Veteran school board member Chris Goldthorpe said an improvement levy has been recommended before and now is the time for serious consideration.
“We cannot continue to fund capital improvements out of the general fund,” Goldthorpe said.
Capital improvements listed on a handout presented at the meeting include replacing the original 1958 boiler at Orchard Hill Elementary and the 1959 boiler at Clearmount Elementary, as well as updating the district’s buses.
The board has scheduled a special meeting for 7 p.m. Jan. 22 to discuss a permanent improvement levy. Hartenstein plans to present a detailed list of how money such a levy would raise would be used.
“We can ignore these problems, but they are not going to go away,” he said.