Editorial: Apollo Career Center has great opportunity

May 5, 2013

Here’s what is at stake in Tuesday’s election for the Apollo Career Center.

If Apollo can raise $11.6 million through a two-part bond levy, the Ohio School Facilities Commission will kick in $23 million. This opportunity is only being offered through August, so passage of Tuesday’s ballot issues is critical to ensure funding.

Supporting such a funding issue makes sense on several fronts.

The costs to homeowners is minimal since the funding requests are spread out among 11 school districts in six counties. For example, the owner of a $50,000 home will pay just $1.28 a month.

The money raised would be used to renovate and expand Apollo’s existing buildings and campus. Science labs and a new technology infrastructure would be added to assist the vocational training of high school students and the adult work force. Last year, approximately 4,000 adults took part in some sort of worker retraining at Apollo and 1,100 high school students took vocational classes.

A permanent improvement levy is also being sought to help with the repair of updating electrical, plumbing and HVAC systems throughout the campus. None of the funds would go toward salaries.