Indian Lake Proposed School

Indian Lake Proposed School

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Ben Dover

Saint Marys, OH

#1 Jun 8, 2012
This fall Indian Lake School district wants to out a property tax increase on the November ballot. At the same time here is a part of the news report from WPKO.

The Indian Lake School Board met in special session Friday morning.

Superintendent Pat O'Donnell (pictured) and the board heard a presentation regarding synthetic turf for the football stadium.

The new surface would benefit the football and soccer teams.

The estimated cost would be about $600,000

The grass field that they have in the stadium is in very good condition, and it would seem to me that the school board needs totally replaced if they go ahead with this proposal and then put more taxes on the property owner.
This last year the farm land in Logan county was revalues for the CAUV program and most farmers seen an increase from 25 to 35% on the amount of taxes paid . What has happened to that money?
Someone enlighten me on the need for a new field at the Indian Lake School

My vote will be a big NO
Vote NO

Bellefontaine, OH

#2 Jun 8, 2012
I will be voting no against any operating levy. Less than a month ago they proposed raising property taxes $250 per 100k. Now they want 600k for a football field?

Columbus, OH

#3 Jun 8, 2012
If this field goes in, it would be funded entirely by private contributions. No school money will be spent on the turf.
animal control

West Mansfield, OH

#4 Jun 8, 2012
i would rather juss complain about everything & not vote none....Baby!

no charge
Vote NO

Bellefontaine, OH

#5 Jun 8, 2012

Your as dumb as the board members. The same people that will be hammered by the increases will be pestered
Vote NO

Bellefontaine, OH

#6 Jun 8, 2012
For the handouts
Ben Dover

Saint Marys, OH

#8 Jun 8, 2012
Jesus Christ wrote:
Screw the farmers! They don't pay their fair share even with the increase.
The don't pay sales tax, most lie on their tax returns, and there are huge real estate tax breaks.
The average homeowner pays way more than the average farmer. We just need the farmers to pay the same realestate tax rate as everyone else
This post was not about what the farmers pay, but about what did the county and the school do with the increased funds received when the farmers taxes were increased. That increase along with the new taxes generated by the expansion of Honda Transmission should off set any need for new taxes in the Indian lake School District. They build new schools and facilities, and then require large increases in funds or taxes to maintain the investments.
One problem with our schools are that the Superintendent and management of the schools are educators and not business people. There is a big difference. The school is actually a 30 million dollar business that educates kids. We need a business experienced executive to run the school with another person to concentrate on education. How many Superintendents have a business degree, and experience in business? Very few I think
vote no

Bellefontaine, OH

#10 Jun 8, 2012
Honda has property tax exemptions for several more years. This was approved 2 superintendents ago. Look it up jack.
Concerned IL citizen

Fredericktown, OH

#12 Jun 8, 2012
There is a lot more here to be concerned about than just an artificial turf for the football field. How about the new hires? A new basketball coach from West Virginia? Is he just rotating out of where he was because he has some things to hide? And phys ed, the new coach is brought in to teach phys ed? Until academics are placed above sports, we are in a lot of trouble. Some serious changes need to be made before anything else should be considered. Administrators need to be accountable. Accountability should start at the top and work its way down. And until it does, board members need to be held accountable! They represent and are voted by the public to make sure that the best interest of education is carried out for the school system. So before committees are formed to research turf, and a hiring team is established to interview coaches (prior to hiring staff positions based on their actual teaching credentials), board members need to get a grip on what is actually important. The things that need to be cleaned up at the high school can NO LONGER be overlooked! Do what we voted you in to do...look out for the best interest of the education of our children! Bullying by a principal is not only unprofessional but should not be tolerated, period! Before this community will vote in any funding for this school system we will need to see change at the high school. If you want to talk sports, then "step to the plate" board members. Make the tough calls so that IL as a system can once again be the best that it can be. OUR KIDS DESERVE IT!
just a question

Marysville, OH

#13 Jun 9, 2012
So why did you only post PART of the article in the newspaper? If you would have continued the article, the 600,000 was donations! It did not come from the property taxes as you are leading people to believe! If you are going to post something bashing the school district, please get your FACTS straight first!

Here is the article as it appears online on

Indian Lake school board members at a special meeting today gave preliminary consideration toward replacing the natural grass football field with synthetic turf, and accepted a few staff resignations and a couple of teacher contracts for the 2012-13 school year.


Board members heard from Piqua City Schools representative Ed Purk about the possibility of installing synthetic grass on the high school football field. Mr. Purk was very active in a similar project at Piqua High School in 2010.

He related the total cost to install the turf is about $600,000, which came exclusively from private donations through citizens, businesses and foundations.

The process of replacing natural grass with synthetic turf begins with removal of 12 to 14 inches of soil dug from the field, Mr. Purk said, followed by layers of tile and course, compacted limestone.

“The main thing is preparation,” he said.“If the prep work is done right, the field will last for a long time.”

Bellefontaine, OH

#14 Jun 11, 2012
$600,000 in private funds. What does the turf get you? It gets you rights to hosting playoff games (last year every OHSAA game was played on turf and it is continuing to go that way). Hosting playoff games is a LOT of money to the school, and they're spending nothing (except private donations).

It's really not that hard to realize why they're going this way (and I'm an outsider of the IL community).

Some people will complain about anything...
Turf Toe

Bellefontaine, OH

#15 Jun 11, 2012
No mowing = FORWARD thinking administrators.

Fremont, OH

#16 Jun 11, 2012
voting NO.
IL Citizen

New Paris, OH

#17 Jun 11, 2012
This committee was formed by private citizens without any invovlement from the school whatsoever. The committee did research on turf fields and met with numerous companies regarding cost. They are now going to the school board to make sure it is okay for them to solicit private organizations for donations to attempt to make this work and if they do get the donations they wanted the to get approval from the board to allow the field to be installed (which didn't happen yet). No money has been collected or spent by the committee or the school. NO MONEY WILL BE SPENT BY THE SCHOOL! If the committee can't get the donations to put in the field, then it will not happen.
ILSD Taxpayer

Bellefontaine, OH

#18 Jun 11, 2012
A few questions for the informed:
·Who is heading up the citizen committee?
·What are their motives, do they have kids in school?
·Will they also budget funds to repair said field?
·Who will pay to replace field after 15-20 years expected usefull life?
·Is it hard to grow grass after turf?
·What does putting grass back in after turf cost?
·Will the "turf committee" also be raising funds for the above mentioned concerns and costs?
·Will this be Field Turf like at Ohio Stadium or the older style like at UD Arena?
·Why are some NFL teams going back to grass?
·Does it come in Red and Black like Boise State's Smurf Turf?
Vote NO

Bellefontaine, OH

#19 Jun 11, 2012
They just stated a few weeks back they will be running a deficit. Now they want a 600k field.

Maybe they should make Honda pay property tax intstead of giving them tax breaks!
ILSD Taxpayer

Bellefontaine, OH

#20 Jun 11, 2012
Does no one know the answers?
Vote NO

Bellefontaine, OH

#21 Jun 11, 2012
ILSD Taxpayer wrote:
Does no one know the answers?
It's very very simple. Balance your damn checkbook!

Those lazy union loafers have no problem overspending your tax dollars!
IL Citizen

Ada, OH

#22 Jun 12, 2012
I have a friend on the committee. He says they are going to hold public meetings about the issue if the board allows this. For the record, the school isn't asking for this and it isn't their idea. A group of taxpayers has come up with the idea and wants the school to allow them to raise the money for the field.
leave Bellefontaine

Bellefontaine, OH

#23 Jun 12, 2012
get it in writing that no matter what happens to the field now or when it wears out that the taxpayer don't have to pay for it....

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