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Urgent Action Needed: Letter Writing Campaign

June 6, 2024 







Urgent Action Needed: Letter Writing Campaign 



Northwest Local School District Staff, Families and Community Members,


As vital members of our school community, we are reaching out to you with a matter of utmost importance that requires our collective action to write letters to the State to gain additional financial support.


The State’s Ohio Facilities Construction Commission (OFCC) has presented us with a unique opportunity to replace Colerain Elementary through a co-funded project because of the current issues we are experiencing with the school’s brick failures. However, there's a significant hurdle we must address before moving forward: the State has offered us an opportunity to move into a co-funded project with a deadline to accept by next week. However, the offer only provides a 22% co-funding share, whereas our current equity share stands at 45%. 


After months of conversations, on May 17, 2024, NWLSD made a formal request to the State to be entered into the State’s Classroom Facilities Assistance Program and to adjust the co-funding share to match our current equity rank of 45%. In order to get the higher state share of funding, it would require the district to forgo the previously earned ELPP Program credits. Unfortunately, this request was denied. It's worth noting that such adjustments have been granted to other school districts in the past, highlighting a concerning discrepancy in treatment.


This is where we need your help, now more than ever.  We are launching a letter-writing campaign to urge the State to reconsider their decision and allow NWLSD to adjust the co-funding percentage to 45%. By joining forces and voicing our concerns collectively, we can communicate our message and increase the likelihood of a favorable outcome.


It's important to emphasize the potential impact of securing a 45% co-funding share. Not only would it ensure fairness and equity for our district, but it could also result in substantial savings for our community. With the remainder of the district's Master Facilities Plan estimated around $400 million, achieving a 45% share could potentially save our community approximately $100 million dollars—an opportunity we cannot afford to overlook.


Furthermore, opting for the Classroom Facilities Assistance Program (CFAP) presents us with a viable alternative. While forgoing the estimated $16 million earned in past ELPP credits may seem like a significant sacrifice, the potential benefits of securing $100 million through the CFAP program far outweigh this loss. By participating in CFAP, we would receive the funding upfront without the need to earn credits, allowing us to expedite the much-needed replacement of Colerain Elementary and other building needs in the future as outlined in our 2024 Master Facility Plan.


It's crucial to understand that accepting a 22% co-funding share would limit our savings over the entire implementation of the master facility plan. By advocating for a 45% share, we are safeguarding our ability to address the needs of our district and ensure that all our community receives the support they deserve from the State.


We urge each and every one of you to join us in this important endeavor. Your voice matters, and together, we can make a difference. Please take a moment to write to the State and express your support for adjusting NWLSD's co-funding share to 45%.


Thank you for your unwavering dedication and commitment to our school community. Together, we will strive to create a brighter future for our students and ensure that every child receives a quality education in a safe and conducive learning environment.


We have put together some talking points and have included the email addresses to our State Legislators as well other key players. 



Send your letter: 

Deadline: Sunday, June 9, 2024

Send to (Email Linked): 


Please copy the district on your email using the following email address: [email protected]


Additional Talking Points 


Sincerely,

Northwest Local School District Administration

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