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Elyria Council endorses school issue


ELYRIA — The school district can add Elyria City Council to its list of supporters.

The 11-member board voted unanimously Monday to support Issue 23, Elyria Schools’ 3.86-mill, 35-year property tax issue on the November ballot.

“It’s a no-brainer,” said Councilman Mark Jessie, D-3rd Ward. Jessie, the former Elyria High School choir director, was a big supporter and volunteer the last time the district went to the ballot to build the new Elyria High School.

Council President Mike Lotko, D-at large, said the issue would be a step in the right direction.

“It’s something that will help our students and our city for years to come,” Superintendent Tom Jama added.

Issue 23 is would raise nearly $60 million of the total $140 million project.

The money will be used to fund the district’s master plan that calls for Elyria to reduce its footprint from 11 to five schools.

This includes one preschool-through-grade-eight campus at Pioneer Field on Abbe Road; one kindergarten-through-grade-eight campus on the site of the existing Eastern Heights Middle School on Garford Avenue; one kindergarten-through-grade-eight campus on the site of the existing Crestwood Elementary School/former Elyria West High School in Elyria Township; one kindergarten-through-grade-four elementary school on the site of the existing Ely Elementary on Gulf Road; and one kindergarten-through-grade-four elementary school at the existing Hamilton Elementary School site on Middle Avenue.

The plan also includes replacement of Ely Stadium.

Contact Lisa Roberson at 329-7121 or Follow her on Twitter @LisaRobersonCT.

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