Now what?

Now what?

Officials with South-Western City Schools are turning to district residents for help in answering that difficult question.

"What's Next for South-Western City Schools?" will be the subject of a community meeting set for Thursday, Jan. 8.

It will be held in the auditorium of Central Crossing High School, 4500 Big Run South Road, beginning at 7 p.m.

Voters in November rejected a combined operating levy and bond issue, the latter of which would have leveraged more than $206-million in state funding to pay for new schools and renovations of existing buildings.

By a margin of almost 58 percent against and 42 percent in favor, voters turned down the 28-year bond issue, which would have raised $262-million, and the permanent operating levy, which would have provided $15-million a year.

"Without the possibility of collecting new taxes in tax year 2009, the approaching deadline for the Ohio School Facilities Commission offer, and operating needs, the district must weigh all options carefully before moving forward with the next ballot question," according to the announcement of the Jan. 8 gathering.

"Hear the options that are open to the district, its current situation, and share your insights."

Child care will be available during the meeting.

Those planning to use it are asked to call the district's Communications Office in advance at 801-3027.