The "Support Avon Schools Committee" will host a Bond Issue kick-off meeting on Monday, Sept. 10 at 7 p.m. at Avon Middle School.
“There has been a small group of people working to organize a campaign effort to support issue 31, a no new tax rate bond issue to build a new middle school,” Superintendent of Schools Mike Laub said via email. “We expect a larger number of volunteers to attend the meeting Monday.”
Attendees will hear the details surrounding the issue, what the plan is to campaign and then have the opportunity to sign up to help.
“There are several subcommittees and we are hoping to get as many people involved as possible,” Laub said.
The $32 million, 2.34-mill bond issue will be decided on by voters at the November General Election.
It marks the third time in the past 12 months the district has sought a $32 million levy. Unlike the first two, in November of 2011 and March of 2012, passage of this levy will not result in a tax increase. Both previous attempts narrowly failed.
If approved, the 28-year levy would generate enough funds to build a new Avon Middle School that would be finished by the 2014-15 school year.
The school would be built on a 46-acre property the district already owns on Long Road.
In November of 2011, the Avon Board of Education asked for a 1.25-mill $32 million bond levy after deciding the existing Avon Middle School could not be expanded to fit a growing student population, and that renovations to bring it up to state standards for a middle school were not cost-effective.
That levy was narrowly defeated by a vote of 3,903 (51.16 percent) to 3,726 (48.84 percent). In the March Primary of this year, the district tried again for a 32-year, $32 bond issue to build a new middle school. It too suffered a narrow defeat, failing by 141 votes.