A potential funding source for a new facility for Liberty Center schools has been put on-hold. At a Monday meeting, the Liberty Center school board voted to table a resolution that would have sent a bond-issue to the November ballot. The deadline to place an issue on the November ballot is fast approaching on August 7th. Liberty Center schools would receive 64% of the funding for that project from the state school facilities commission. But the site of a new building is a question that surfaced in a survey that is circulating in the community. Some have suggested the current site is the best place, since the district owns the property. While others have pointed to a safer location away from a state highway; but that would cost money in the purchase of the parcel. Another issue cited in the survey, is whether to utilize a portion of Liberty Center’s newer portions of the current school building. Superintendent Kristi Thompson reports the state will provide 64% of the funding for a new school; but would not provide funding for renovations to the current facility. Those proposed renovations are estimated to cost in excess of 23 million dollars; which again would have to be funded by local residents.
In personnel action; the Liberty Center board accepted the resignation of high school English teacher Tim Bowers, who took a position at the Four County Career Center. Dawn Mericle was hired to take that slot at Liberty Center. There are still openings for an intervention specialist, and a part-time art teacher at the elementary level.