Wednesday, June 13th, 2012
By Amy Kronenberger
Leftover funds to help pay debt
Parkway closes out building project
  ROCKFORD - Parkway Local Schools has received more than $1 million in leftover funds from the school construction project completed in 2006.
School treasurer Debbie Pierce said the state signed off and closed out the $1.1 million building fund last month.
On Tuesday, school board members approved transferring $703,745 to the permanent improvement fund and $409,045 to the district's bond retirement fund.
The $36 million, PK-12 school was built with 79 percent state funds from the Ohio School Facilities Commission and 21 percent from local tax dollars.
The money left after construction was complete was invested by the school. The state requires the district put the original leftover money ($409,045) toward taxpayer debt; the interest ($703,745) earned can go to any building maintenance or construction project that has a life expectancy of at least five years. The money cannot be used for school operating costs.
The extra money toward the debt (bond) will decrease the amount taxpayers pay each year. Puthoff did not yet know the difference. County auditor Randy Grapner will need to reassess the remaining amount and roll back millage, he said.
Tax collection on the 28-year bond issue began in 2003.
In February, Pierce refinanced the bond, locking in a lower interest rate of 2.98 percent. The original interest rate averaged 4.32 percent. The refinancing will save the district about $1.1 million and pay off the bond a year early.
The money allocated in the permanent improvement fund will pay for a new restroom/concession building at the football field, a digital sign at the entrance of the school and a mini boiler to back up the existing boiler.
Board members approved the purchase of the mini boiler on Tuesday. It will be installed this summer by Waibel Trane, Vandalia, at a cost of $63,000.
The entire system will become about 90 percent efficient after the back-up is installed, building maintenance supervisor Mike Jones said. The mini boiler also will be used to save money when it's not efficient to use the full boiler. The system is expected to save the school about $15,000 to $20,000 per year in energy costs.
"It'll pay for itself in three years," Jones said.
Puthoff hopes to begin construction of the new restroom/concessions building after the end of the 2012 football season. School officials in January met with Garmann-Miller Architects, Minster, to draw up plans.
"We've been waiting six years to close out this money," he said. "We desperately need new restrooms."
The new building, which is estimated to cost about $100,000, will serve the football field and baseball diamond and also will house two ticket booths.
The school has been using the pool house for restrooms and concessions. Puthoff said they haven't decided whether they will tear down the old building or use it for storage.
The digital announcement sign for the intersection of Buckeye Street and state Route 118 is estimated at $30,000.
Also at Tuesday's board meeting, board members,
• learned band director Ryan Twigg will begin planning for a trip to Disney World for the 2013-2014 school year. The band would travel to Florida sometime around Easter break and perform at the park. Puthoff said students would be responsible for paying for the trip.
• learned the district received an award from the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation for being 100 percent injury free since Oct. 1, 2008.
• Welcomed new middle school principal Brian Woods to his first board meeting. Woods was dean of students at Spencerville Middle School before coming to Parkway. He replaced Steve Baumgartner, who retired last month.
• Learned high school principal Brian Fortkamp will begin interviewing for a math teacher later this week or early next week. He has received 18 applications.
Additional online stories for this date
Print edition only stories for this date
• Rotary finishes paying walkway share early
• Ex-doctor thought court order allowed vacation
• More to caregiving than physical care
• BOE plans update of school policies
• Council decides to keep parking spaces for now
• Case of caged dog found in lake going to prosecutor
• Two women injured in rollover accident
• Annual grant supports adult probation program
• Offense comes alive for Redskins against Flyers
• Monarchs score 10 in fourth to defeat Mariners
a_d
Today
77°
Mostly Cloudy
25%
Tonight
54°
Partly Cloudy
7%
Tomorrow
76°
Mostly Sunny
2%
Tomorrow Night
54°
Mostly Clear
Friday
78°
Slight Chance Thunderstorms
28%
Friday Night
61°
Chance Thunderstorms
40%
Saturday
80°
Chance Thunderstorms
44%
Saturday Night
65°
Chance Thunderstorms
44%
Sunday
80°
Chance Thunderstorms
43%
Sunday Night
60°
Chance Thunderstorms
29%
Monday
75°
Chance Thunderstorms
30%
Monday Night
56°
Slight Chance Thunderstorms
20%
3 Day
Extended
a_da_d