Official District Statement from the Superintendent of Schools
Concerning Issue 21 Election Results
FAILURE OF ISSUE 21
We are obviously disappointed that Issue 21 was not approved by our voters, but we are committed to ensuring our schools can provide the educational opportunities our community’s children need for future success. Our volunteers worked tirelessly to communicate the key message that this bond issue was critical in order to provide our students and the community the school facilities necessary to provide effective teaching and learning for all students. We are thankful to all the volunteers that made phone calls, walked door-to-door, and organized activities to help spread the message about the importance of Issue 21.
On behalf of our Board of Education, I wish to extend appreciation to the Citizens for Chardon Schools and our supporters for their continued commitment to our school district. Their efforts over the past few months were considerable in helping our community understand the conditions in which our staff teach and our students learn. Also to our Facilities Advisory Committee that worked diligently over the past two and one-half years to learn about the challenges of our current school facilities and carefully evaluate master plan options before making a recommendation to our Board of Education.
In the next few weeks our Facilities Advisory Committee will meet again to review the results and determine if any modifications to the overall master plan for district facilities are warranted based on the election results. Their recommendation will be presented to the Board of Education as they consider options related to a subsequent bond issue request.
Our Board of Education will meet to determine next steps in relation to this election result. “It is important to understand that our facilities issues have not gone away as a result of the failure of Issue 21. We are still in a position of needing to identify significant financial resources to address our aging school facilities,” stated Madelon Horvath, President of the Chardon Board of Education. Hanlon further noted, “The fact of the matter is that the need persists. Our facilities are failing our children. We have to come together as a community for their sake and the sake of our long term viability.”
No decision has been made at this time to place another bond issue on the ballot.