PSD Bond and Election Information

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Timeline of Important Dates and Events for the
August 28, 2018 Bond Election

~ August 3, 2018 – Last day to pre-register to vote with the County Clerk.

~ August 9, 2018 – All school registration.

~ August 13, 2018 – First day to begin “Early Voting” at the County Clerk’s office.

~ August 16, 2018 – First notice of election is published by the County Clerk in the official newspaper of the County. Published in at least two newspapers within the County.

~ August 17, 2018 – Last day for an application for a mail-in absentee ballot to be received by the County Clerk.

~ August 23, 2018 – Second notice of election published by the County.

~ August 24, 2018 – Last day for in-person “Early Voting” at the County Clerk’s office.

~ August 28, 2018 – Last day to return absentee ballots to the County Clerk’s office. Election day with voting from 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Information about the upcoming August 28, 2018 school bond election:

  • In 1999 The Parma School District Facilities Planning Committee began a phased long-term facility planning process and a bond was passed in August of 2000 to construct the Bruce Mitchell Science and Technology Center, which opened in January 2002.
  • In May of 2004 another bond was passed to construct the second phase recommended by the Planning Committee. This project included construction of a new high school, remodeling the existing high school into a 5th & 6th wing of the middle school, remodeling the entrance to Maxine Johnson Elementary along with heating/ventilation upgrades to MJE. All projects in the phase were completed by August of 2006.
  • In October of 2009 a bond was passed to support phase three, which included construction of the high school gymnasium, construction of a new kindergarten wing at MJE, and construction of a new COSSA Technology Center in Wilder. All projects in this phase were completed in August of 2011. It was hoped that enough funding would be available to address concerns with other district needs, such as the stadium, however, these projects would need to wait until more funding was available.
  • In January of 2018 the Parma School District Board of Trustees approved a resolution calling for a $5,000,000 bond election in March. This last phase would construct a new Ag Science Education building, expand the high school band room, replace the stadium and lighting, construct new middle school tennis courts, repair and resurface the track. Bond elections need 66.7% voter approval, this election failed by nine votes.
  • Due to the strong support for these projects the Board approved running the election again in August. Current legislation allows school districts to hold elections on only four specific dates in March, May, August and November.
  • The need to improve these facilities still exists. One item on the previous bond election has already been corrected with other district funds. The track was repaired and resurfaced this summer using our district Plant Facility Levy.