ASHTABULA TOWNSHIP — More than 30 people attended a public meeting on Wednesday night to discuss the future of the Buckeye Local School District.

The meeting, held in Braden Junior High’s auditorium, started with a tour of the building, with Director of Operations Karl Brunell showing attendees around the building, pointing out recent repairs and problem spots.

After the tour, ThenDesign architecture, who has been working with the district on the master planning process, gave a presentation describing the needs of current students.

A question-and-answer session closed the meeting.

The meeting went well, Superintendent Patrick Colucci said.

“We listened to a lot of questions and any concerns and anything about the information that we gave, and then we’re going to take that all in, we took notes, and then we’re going to take that back to the facilities committee, and we’ll see if that helps us with the input of the whole master plan process,” he said.

The district’s buildings range in age from 92 to 59 years old, according to the district.

Last year, the district was evaluated by the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission. The OFCC ranked the district at 200 out of 610. 

Because of the that ranking, the district is eligible to split funding with the state for the cost of new schools, with the state paying 67 percent of the costs, and the district paying 33 percent.

“We’re excited about the opportunity we have before us,” Colucci said.

The district hopes to have a measure on the November ballot to fund the result of current work. To do so, the district is hoping to have the plan done by May or June.

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