Xenia BOE holding information sessions

By Scott Halasz - [email protected]

XENIA — The Xenia Community Schools Board of Education will hold a pair of informational meetings regarding facilities.

Set for 6 p.m. Monday Oct. 23 and 30, the board will hear from Rockmill Financial President David Conley — a noted expert on school facility financing — with whom the board contracted for financial consulting

Rockmill Financial will begin to give the board answers to many questions created when the facilities project bond issue was defeated for the third time in August. When the district failed to come up with matching funds by the deadline to receive state money, it became a lapsed district.

Conley is expected to help school officials understand what that means, what funds could be available and what a potential timeline could be. At the same time, the board will hear information from Interim Superintendent Gabe Lofton and Assistant Superintendent for Business Operations Christy Fielding regarding the conditions of Warner Middle School and Xenia High School, what work needs to be done sooner rather than later, and what projects are more costly.

“We’re basically trying to figure out, ‘where are we?’ ” Board President Pam Callahan said. “With or without building plans, there are upgrades needed.”

She said the board has set aside some general fund money in the five-year forecast to help pay for those repairs.

Callahan could not say whether or not the board will try for another bond issue in the future.

“We want to make sure we’re deliberate about what we’re doing,” she said.

The public is invited and encouraged to attend the meetings, Callahan said.

By Scott Halasz

[email protected]

Contact Scott Halasz at 937-502-4507.

Contact Scott Halasz at 937-502-4507.