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Edison poised for the future

To the editor:

On behalf of the Edison Local School District, I want to thank voters for supporting the 2.1-mill emergency renewal levy on Tuesday.

Their passage of the seven-year measure will help further the district’s plans to unify sports and school facilities on the grounds of Edison High School in Richmond and provide a win-win for the school and community alike. The levy, which would generate $1,049,150 per year, will help construct a 1,500-seat gymnasium and add baseball and softball fields and new parking lots to carry EHS well into the future. Currently, the baseball and softball fields are located off-campus at Jefferson State Lake, and athletes have held track practice and meets and junior high basketball practice about 10 miles away at Stanton Elementary in Hammondsville. By bringing these activities back to the high school campus, it will centralize them in one location and offer more safety for students and convenience for parents who have to drive throughout the area to attend events.

And since it is a renewal, there will be no new taxes incurred by residents. The original levy, which passed in 1994, was used as necessary additional revenue to handle daily operations; however, proceeds from this emergency renewal levy will cover the centralization plan for extracurricular activities. The school board previously hired MS Consultants of Youngstown to establish a program design for future facilities, and the firm will be used for the centralization plan. It will take between 12 and 16 months to construct the new gym and possibly six months to complete the ballfields, while work already has been completed on the new $500,000 track by Vasco of Massillon.

Because of the voters’ support, these ideas will soon be a reality, and we at Edison Local Schools are sincerely grateful. It is a great time to be part of the Wildcat Nation.

Bill Beattie

Superintendent, Edison Local

School District

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