The Northridge Local School District will host a community forum at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 5, at the high school to discuss future facilities and related costs.

The Northridge Local School District will host a community forum at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 5, at the high school to discuss future facilities and related costs.

Treasurer Felicia Drummey told The Independent that the January meeting is a follow-up to the Oct. 27 community forum, when residents were asked what facility options they would like to be examined.

Drummey researched various options along with representatives from Joseph Baker Associates Architects.

"We're going to share the results of those options as well as funding mechanisms for them," she said.

Options to be examined include: one K-5 elementary on the high school/middle school campus; two K-5 elementary schools with one in Alexandria and one at the high school/middle school campus; two K-5 elementary schools with one at Alexandria and one at a new site; one new K-5 elementary school at the high school/middle school campus and remodeling and expanding the Alexandria building; three K-5 buildings in Alexandria, Homer and Hartford; expanding the existing middle school and high school facility; expanding the existing portable 3-5 building into a K-5 building; renovating the high and middle schools as recommended by the Ohio School Facilities Commission; and expanding the existing high school/middle school facility to expand the middle school into a K-5 building and adding a new middle school at the high school.

"Everyone will put their heads together for the best option to meet district needs," Drummey said. "We're challenging everyone to bring five people to the meeting. It's the residents' opportunity to see the options that have been explored, the costs and why."

Superintendent John Shepard announced the community forum during Monday's board of education meeting, when a reception was held for outgoing board members Larry Porter and Anne Cox. Neither ran for re-election in November.

Cox has served on the board for eight years, Porter for four.

Also at the meeting, the board:
Approved a contract with Rich and Gillis Law Group for monitoring the 2010 tax duplicate as needed at no less than $115 per hour, and no more than $185 per hour. Approved a license agreement with NEOLA for customized board bylaws and policies for electronic publishing services at a cost of about $6,000 paid over two years. Resolved to explore a territory transfer proposal from the Northridge to Centerburg school district.
Board president Troy Willeke was nominated to serve as president pro-tem at the January organizational meeting to be held beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 4, at the high school media center. That meeting will be followed by a board work session.