We are proud to be the home of the Johnstown-Monroe School District. This district and all of its schools has the distinction of continuing to earn EXCELLENT ratings on the Ohio Report card.
Johnstown-Monroe Local School District residents said yes to new schools Tuesday, May 6, 2014. A proposed bond issue passed 1,252 to 1,077, or 53.76 percent to 46.24 percent, according to unofficial results from the Licking County Board of Elections.
Voters faced an 8-mill tax issue, with 7.5 mills for bonds to construct and renovate school facilities and 0.5 mill for permanent improvements to maintain the new buildings. It's expected to generate $1,865,231 annually for 38 years.
The bond will finance a new building to house kindergarten through fifth-graders on 11 acres of district property within the Leafy Dell subdivision.
A new high school for grades 9-12 would be constructed on land at the current Searfoss Elementary School/Johnstown-Monroe High School campus, likely on the practice field behind the high school.
At the recommendation of the community-based group, the school board took action Jan. 30 to place the issue on the May ballot. The group recommended and the board approved a proposal for a shared project with the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission for the K-5 building at Leafy Dell, a new 9-12 building on the existing high school campus and a partially renovated high school for middle school use.
Johnstown-Monroe needed to raise 71 percent of total costs locally, with the state contributing 29 percent, for the shared building projects.
The District estimates $29.7 million would be spent on the district's master plan for a new high school and elementary school, with $6.16 million going toward the locally funded initiative to refurbish the high school and provide infrastructure needs, for a total project cost of $35.86 million.
The high school renovation would include new heating and ventilating equipment, water and sewer improvements, electrical subpanels for electrical capacity to classrooms, technology upgrades, roof replacement at the library and performing-arts center, a secured vestibule entrance and a new gym floor and bleachers.