It's time for the rubber to meet the road in the Grandview Heights Local School District's attempt to convince voters to approve a combined facilities bond issue and operating levy.

A campaign committee has been assembled to promote the ballot issue that will appear on the Nov. 6 ballot.

District residents Mike Curtin, Katie Matney and Greg Moody will serve as co-chairmen of the Committee for Grandview Heights Schools.

The committee will conduct its campaign in a grass-roots manner, Curtin said.

"Grandview is a relatively small community and the only way to conduct a levy campaign is neighbor to neighbor, street by street and door to door," he said.

Issue 6 includes a $55.25 million bond issue that will fund the construction of a new building for grades 4-8, a comprehensive renovation of the high school and limited repairs to Stevenson Elementary School.

The work at Stevenson mostly would be limited to adding safety and security measures and bringing the building in compliance with Americans with Disabilities Act requirements.

Upgraded safety and security measures also would be included at the new building and the high school.

The new grade 4-8 building would be constructed at the current site of Edison Intermediate/Larson Middle School.

Issue 6 also would include a 1-mill operating levy to maintain current operations.

If approved by voters, Issue 6 would cost property owners an additional $239 annually for every $100,000 of assessed property value.

"It is a significant ask," Curtin said. "I understand that there are people who are concerned about the size and scope of what the district is seeking.

"Grandview and Marble Cliff taxpayers are being asked to support something that is once in a lifetime," he said. "It's a plan that will set us up for the next century and allow us to continue to provide a high-quality educational experience for the children in our community."

Curtin and Matney both served on the financial advisory committee that made recommendations to Superintendent Andy Culp on the phasing and funding of the ballot measure.

"I was well aware of the details of the proposed plan before I was asked to serve on the committee," Curtin said. "The school district went through a very thorough and comprehensive process over two and a half years to survey the community. Serving on the committee only strengthened my support of the overall plan."

The final plan was driven by residents and represents an opportunity to make a long-term investment in the community, he said.

"What I love about Grandview is that people get directly involved in an issue and take the time to educate themselves and understand the details," Moody said. "You can't 'market' this bond issue. We're going to provide the information and facts and let people make up their own mind."

All three committee co-chairmen have children or grandchildren attending Grandview schools, Moody said.

"I have a daughter who just graduated and a son who's entering freshman year," he said. "Through their time in the schools, I've developed a familiarity with the buildings and their infrastructure.

"I'm supporting the bond issue because I see that there is an immediate need to repair the failing infrastructure in our school buildings," Moody said. "The cost to renovate (the grade 4-8) building would be nearly the same as constructing a new building."

His desire to serve on the committee and his support for Issue 6 also reflects a sense of gratitude for what Grandview schools provide for his family, Moody said.

"It's not just the quality education my children have received," he said. "As a homeowner, I know the value of my property is tied to the quality of our school district. Excellent schools help increase the value of our homes. I think we should give a little bit of that value back to the district to invest in our school buildings.

"Putting off these necessary improvements will only cost us more in the future," Moody said.

The Committee for Grandview Heights Schools will plan public events in the near future, Curtin said.

The committee's website is forgrandviewheightsschools.org and the campaign also is on Facebook (For Grandview Schools), Twitter (@forghschools) and Instagram (forgrandviewschools).

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