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Displeasure with Austintown levy

April 17, 2014
The Town Crier

Dear Editor:

The Austintown Taxpayer Community--especially the Austintown Home Owners--need to voice their displeasure with Superintendent Vincent Colaluca with the authorization of the five members of the Austintown BOE on their decision of placing another ''school levy'' on the May Primary for a new high school. There is nothing in dire need outside of yearly and daily maintenance with the present high school that would warrant destroying the present solid and its valuable high school.

In addition, all of Austintown Board of Education Meetings are routinely every third each Tuesday of month. This ''special meeting'' was conducted on a Wednesday due to the prime reason not to have any representation and/or knowledge of the ''people of Austintown'' for a discussion before it was submitted to the Board of Election.

If Superintendent Vincent Colaluca continues to defy the necessity of such super expense with the Austintown Community, then a measure needs to be instituted that this Superintendent and any future Austintown Superintendent needs to reside in Austintown so that he would pay for the Austintown Schools Taxes in the same manner as everyone in Austintown. His prime reason for replacing the Austintown High School is that it is ''50 years old.'' Well, then ALL OF THE HOUSES within a five mile radius of this school property needs to be destroyed for they are all over 50 years old. Generally, a homeowner does not destroy his present house to modernize but to make the necessary modernization and/or remodeling as the ''funds are available.''

Finally, if the State of Ohio does not have any money or funds to share with the public needs such as road construction and/or modernization of Ohio - how are they able to provide 47 percent to build a new school?? Also, there are limits which the State of Ohio states in providing any school funds and it does not include an auditorium or gymnasium as well as not to allow to use the present desks, computers, and school supplies from the present high school into this new high school building with their 47 percent portion.

So, this additional school levy needs to be withdrawn by the Austintown Board of Education and just make the necessary improvement to the roof, install a new furnace, and maybe add onto the side of the school at the western portion of this high school. In short, the present Austintown High School is solidly built but it just needs a NORMAL DAILY AND YEARLY MAINTENANCE program without any additional school levy.

Neil D. Frasca




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