From the Desk of Mr. Osborn, Superintendent
May Capital Improvement Levy Information:
Liberty Union High School was formed in 1917, with the merging of
Baltimore and Basil High Schools. Thurston High School was merged in
1960 to create the cunent Liberty Union - Thurston Local School District. A lot of great memories and friendships were formed in this school district in the past 100 years. There has been numerous improvements to the school district facilities in the past 100 years with the most recent being upgrades to all three current school buildings and maintenance building in
The recent building upgrades did not include the outside facilities that our
students and community use on a daily basis. The current tract was upgraded through a fundraising effort in 1985, with Head Football Coach Woody Hayes (with OSU) being the keynote speaker at a dinner (see article on LU Athletic History). The cunent football field was first used in 1948, and the field and track are in dire need of replacement.
As a district, LU-T was recognized with the Auditors Award with Distinction, only 5% of the districts in the State of Ohio receive this award. We also saved over $300,000 dollars by refinancing our last bond issue. As a district we will dedicate this savings to the project.
The Capital Improvement Levy, also known as a Permanent Improvement Levy, will start collecting funds in 2018 and end in 2023. Yes, the levy will only last 5 years with a cost to a $100,000 homeowner being $122.50. This money can only be used for building facilities, infrastructure, technology infrastructure, school safety and major maintenance. The money cannot be used for salaries, transportation, instructional support or instruction. These items are paid for out of the operating funds budget. If we don't raise the money to fix the track and upgrade the football through fundraising and this levy, we will bonow money from the operating fund to pay for the upgrades. The track will be replaced this summer and the field will need a major overhaul.
The district is looking to install artificial turf because of the use our stadium receives. Artificial turf allows us to play home football games, boys and girls soccer games, host band shows and other events all through the week without destroying the field. Several times this past school year the band was unable to perform on the field because it was too muddy and the band only practiced a few times on the field. With artificial turf the band can practice on the field daily.
The LU-T website will have updates posted. Please go there for more information regarding the levy www.Iibertyunion.org.
As Always Go Lions! ! Todd Osborn, Superintendent
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