In 2004, when the last issue for a new high school was on the ballot in Streetsboro, the bond issue failed because the site for the school was not on or near the school campus along Annalane Drive, according to many school leaders over the years.
In his State of the City speech Wednesday at the Rusty Nail Restaurant, Mayor Glenn Broska told about 75 attendees at the Streetsboro Area Chamber of Commerce's monthly luncheon that the city and Streetsboro Board of Education and administration are negotiating a land swap of a 62 acre to 65 acre portion of two city-owned parcels off S.R. 303 for 121 acres of school-owned land on S.R. 14 across from Valleybrook Road.
"It's their thought that's it's a great idea," said Broska following the speech. "If we can help them to facilitate that, that's what we're going to do. It does give the city more opportunity to expand their parks."
Dr. Tim Calfee, Streetsboro City Schools superintendent, said he hopes land swap negotiations with the city administration are concluded "as fast as possible."
"Our hope is that discussions would be finalized in the next couple of months," he said.
Broska said he's hoping discussions can conclude in about 90 days.
Calfee said residents expressed a desire to have any additional schools located at the school campus in the 2012 School Strategic Plan. Ninety percent of those giving input expressed a desire to have the high school at the existing campus.
Broska said the plan, as it stands today, is to do a direct land swap with the schools.
"It's going to be a land swap; it's not going to be a land sale," he said.
The deal would include a lot split by the city, which owns two parcels -- 53 acres and 68 acres, roughly -- off S.R. 303, said Broska. The city would retain the portion of the land north and east of a stream which divides the property, he explained. This would leave the area where the baseball fields are now located in the Board of Education's hands, he said.
City Park would need to be rebuilt, and he said he's working to find finding a way to help pay for the rebuild. Cost estimates aren't yet available for the moving the park.
"The city of Streetsboro can rest assured that before we shut down (City Park), new facilities will be ready to be played on," he said.
Broska said building the school on S.R. 14 may require building an access road from the S.R. 14 site to the existing campus at an added cost. The district also would spend more in bus fuel and getting to and from the new school.
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