TIPP CITY, Ohio(WDTN) – Tipp City Exempted Village Schools’ bond issue failed by only 200 votes on Election Day. With some of the district’s buildings built close to 100 years ago, the district says the need for updates is greater than ever.
“The time is now. Our needs have not changed and we remain optimistic,” Gretta Kumpf, Tipp City superintendent said.
A failed bond issue means the district is taking a step back to consider their options.
Kumpf said the district first need to determine when they can be back on a ballot. After that, the plan is come back to voters with another bond and educate the public about their needs. Through the process, Kumpf said the district is continuing to work with the state who had agreed to pay for a portion of the total project cost.
“We are communicating clearly and making sure were meeting all the standards that are important to them,” Kumpf said.
The bond would have addressed needs at Coppock and Broadway Elementary. Both facilities are gradually aging and have no air conditioning. At Broadway Elementary, asphalt at classroom levels overheats the students come summer. It requires the district to keep close watch of temperatures in the buildings and at times dismiss students early.
“They have served us and this community very well but they are aged and we know that we need to move forward,” Kumpf said.
Plans were to renovate L.T. Ball Intermediate School, adding more classrooms to house the elementary students there. There would have been tighter security measures and improved infrastructure.
“We want to provide 21st century facilities that are current,” Kumpf said.
But the old buildings will have to do for now until voters pass a bond.