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NEW MIDDLETOWN, Ohio - A local grassroots organization is pushing to get approval for an elementary school makeover.

The Community for Springfield Pride, which is made up of students, parents, community members and staff from Springfield Local Schools, hopes to replace the 90-year-old school with the state of Ohio pating for 48 percent of the cost.

In a news release, chairperson of the committee Karen Dattillo said, "This is not about updating a new phone from an iPhone4 to an iPhone5, this is about getting rid of a rotary telephone and asking for a cordless."

Principal Tom Yazvac says the new building will address security and safety issues.

Board member Kathy Lipp stated in the release, "Springfield has this outstanding opportunity to get a brand new elementary building for our community with the state picking up 48% of the cost. If we do not take advantage of this offer now, another school district will receive the funds. Let's keep our tax dollars here in Springfield."

Residents are able to vote on May 7.

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