Let’s pretend that you have a favorite set of sheets. They’re awesome. They’re soft, fit your bed perfectly, wash up well, and have lasted for quite some time. However, one day you notice a hole starting. The hole gets bigger and bigger, until, finally, the sheets can’t do their designed job. So, you do some research. You find that this set of sheets now has new, updated features. They’re cooling! They have more stretch! More pattern options! Most importantly–they will do the job you need them to do today. So, you hop in your car and head to the store, knowing that you have to make this purchase.
When you get there, sheets in hand, because, again, it is inevitable that this purchase will be made, someone taps you on the shoulder. They compliment your choice – after all, it isn’t one you came by lightly. They think your family will be very pleased with these sheets. And then, they offer to pay for 44% of your sheets! What?! You obviously agree, because, why wouldn’t you? It seems like there is no time like the present. This was something you needed, and now someone else wants to pitch in to help you purchase your new set.
This is happening with our schools. We need new and updated facilities. We need classrooms with more than two electrical outlets. We need buildings that are accessible for our friends and neighbors with disabilities. We need our buildings to offer safety against outside threats and weather catastrophes. With our recent tornado experience, we know that, now more than ever, we need to keep our children safe. This purchase is inevitable.
The economy is doing well, and we foresee getting great interest rates, so, while we have the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission tapping on our shoulders, offering to pay for roughly 35 million dollars of our purchase, why would we say no? This isn’t an offer that lasts forever. The OFCC has limited funds, and many schools in Ohio have already used their share. Shouldn’t we? It is time.