By Kevin Kelley
City Council passed a resolution Sept. 19 supporting an upcoming ballot issue to fund facility upgrades at the suburb’s public school buildings.
The resolution passed by a 6-0 vote, with Ward 5 Councilman John Hinkel absent. The vote was taken following a suspension of the rules requiring three readings of an ordinance or resolution.
The resolution urged support of Issue 112, a single measure consisting of an $11 million bond issue and a 2.15-mill permanent improvement levy for the Fairview Park City Schools. The measure, if passed, will fund $35.2 million in capital improvements in the district’s buildings, especially at the combined campus of Fairview High School and Lewis F. Mayer School.
Under the plan, the middle section of Fairview High School would be partially demolished and reconfigured. A larger courtyard would be created near the western portion of the cafeteria. The area south of the weight room would be filled in with a new cafeteria and kitchen on the first floor and the media center and classrooms on the second floor. At Mayer Middle School, an addition would be built along Campus Drive for new classrooms, creating a courtyard at the center of the middle school building.
The district will apply $10 million of its reserve funds to the project. The 1.5-mill bond issue will raise $11 million over 35 years, while the permanent improvement levy will raise $14 million during the same time period.
The new tax will cost residents $93 annually (or $7.75 per month, or 25 cents per day) for each $100,000 of property valuation.
Council’s resolution stated “strong schools contribute to proven increases in property values and enhance the community’s positive image and reputation in the region.”
Mayor Eileen Patton is also backing Issue 112. A postcard with a message from the mayor endorsing the ballot measure will be sent to Fairview Park residents in coming weeks. Printing and postage will be paid by Friends of the Fairview Park Schools, a group backing the levy.