Nick McWilliams reporting – New Philadelphia city council members were met with some concerns from a resident, over potential changes in the city’s school district.

Proposed plans by the New Philadelphia School District would see a radical redesign, along with the tear down of the middle and high school, along with Central Elementary.

The Oak Shadows Golf Course is the proposed landing spot for new school buildings if a March bond issue passes, but that idea has not gone over unanimously well for all residents.

Shawn Lindsay, who lives near the course, expressed his concern over what he feels is not in the city or school’s best interests.

“With the planned removal of the high school, middle school and Central Elementary from that area, has council or the city given any thought to, an already dilapidated part of town, what that may cause? It’s already a bad area in general.”

Issues with rental properties and other problems were brought up by council member who oversees the area, John Zucal.

He adds that the city is working to ensure those dilemmas will be addressed if the school picks up and moves to a different location.

The $41.9 million bond issue will appear on the March 17th primary ballot, which would cost homeowners of a residency valued at $100,000 around $16.14 per month for the 36-year period of the measure.

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