NEW MIDDLETOWN, Ohio - On May 7th, voters in the Springfield Local School District will decide whether or not to approve a bond issue that would help build a new elementary school while the state pays for a portion of the project.
Springfield Elementary School has seen a lot of changes over the past 90 years.
But now, Principal Tom Yazvac says maintaining the building is a losing battle.
"Our roof is leaking and the walls get wet; the plaster is moist. We paint; it peels; we paint again; it peels," Yazvac said.
The school's foundation, which dates back to 1923, is falling apart.
"All of our floor rafters, the joists are all wooden. With all the water leakage we've had, that wood is deteriorating," Yazvac said.
The boiler room looks like a scene from a horror movie, with leaking walls, right where there is electrical wiring.
"It floods when we have rain. It is crumbling in many places," Yazvac said.
An overhaul of the building would cost thousands of dollars. Yazvac said it's time to take advantage of an offer in which the state would pay 48 percent of the costs of a new school through the exceptional needs program and community taxes would fund the other 52 percent.
"So we're looking to put a bond issue on May 7 for two mills for the permanent improvement and a half mill for operating expenses."
Yazvac said he feared the opportunity for funding would not be there much longer.
"The last time we had the OFSC funds it was 65 percent state and 35 percent local," Yazvac said. "It's already down to 48 percent state and 52 percent local. With the increase of the drilling going on and evaluation going up, our share would certainly increase."
Voters will make their decision on May 7. If the bond issue passes, a new elementary school would be built south of the high school within a couple of years.