Why is the district doing this work now?
First and foremost, the district would like to provide needed improvements now so problems don’t get bigger and cost more later. We appreciate that the community trusts us to properly maintain our facilities and grounds and take this work seriously. While doing a study for the new elementary buildings, the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission recommended a new high school in place of the current building. We have absolutely no intention of building a new high
school. The current building can serve our students and community
very well for many years to come with some important improvements.
Finally, In 2016, Citizens for Quality Piqua Schools consulted with Fallon Research & Communications, Inc. to engage Piqua residents in a random phone survey to provide community feedback to the district. The results revealed that 80.8% of those polled felt that the Piqua High School and Piqua Junior High School should be updated. The poll also indicated that conserving money and reducing taxes was a top priority. The timing was right to refinance the Piqua Junior High School Bond Issue and pay it off early - saving money and eliminating 2.2 mills of school taxes.
With the community’s continued support, we will work diligently to provide important, basic, quality maintenance updates while conserving funds.