Voters approve Northridge Local Schools bond issue

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Northridge Local School District came out as a big winner in Tuesday’s election.

Voters in Licking County finally approved the schools bond issue by 55 to 45 percent.

This is the sixth time the issue was placed on the ballot.

Sharon Clayton remembers when the district tried to get a new elementary school built four decades ago.

“Forty-two years ago I served on a committee as a parent hoping to build a new elementary building so we would all be together on one campus,” says Clayton.

Clayton worked for the district for 40-years.

Today, she is filling in as a substitute teacher and is seeing that dream she had 42 years ago become a reality.

“Just so pleased to be here today to see that excitement. They were just coming in with smiles you can’t believe on their faces,” she says.

With the passing of the bond, the district will now be able to build a new pre-kindergarten through fifth-grade school near the existing middle and high school.

Pre-K through third graders are currently in the 95-year-old school in Alexandria.

Fourth through fifth graders are currently spending their day learning in trailers.

It is so critical to have a safe and appropriate learning space for the kids,” said Superintendent Scott Schmidt.

The levy failed twice in 2018.

Schmidt says it will generate $22 million in 27 years, instead of the $19 million over 30 years proposed in the previous ballot.

He says he hopes it won’t take long for the new building to be up and running.

“It could be a two-year process which would be a quick turn around, but a lot of work has been done in preparation for this day,” says Schmidt.

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