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Wednesday, April 10, 2013 12:10 PM

Apollo Career Center has an item on the ballot for the upcoming May 7 Primary Election with a bond issue for enlarging, improving and rebuilding structures, including the maintenance of classroom facilities, at a rate not exceeding 0.19 mill for each one dollar of valuation.

The levy will cost $2.56 per month per $100,000 assessed home value and if passed, Apollo will receive $23 million in matching funds from the state of Ohio.
The income will be used to improve, expand and renovate buildings and facilities to acquire career-technical equipment and upgrade the school site to meet the needs of 21st-century learning.

The current Apollo Career Center is 36 years-old and has plumbing, heating and electrical issues. In recent years, space and technology upgrades have also become critical to the career center.

Ohio School Facilities Commission funds have now been made available and the administration believes this is the time to take advantage of this opportunity.
Apollo plans to keep all current structures and renovate the buildings, also adding two additions to the house programs. If the levy passes, Apollo plans to renovate the high school building by: renovating the total facility and upgrading to the HVAC electrical and plumbing; upgrade technology, fire alarm and security systems and wireless network; and new science labs; lecture hall/ testing lab; new Career Technical program space for automotive and carpentry programs; Career Tech renovations to add on-campus Sports Fitness and Exercise Science and Alternative Energies; and parking lots and sidewalks.

Adult Education Building Renovations include: Addition for medical careers program expansion, and a student study center 24/7 Adult Welding lab.
Automotive Building Renovation includes: Convert to Adult programming: Public Safety, HVAC, Motorcycle, and Law Enforcement

Columbus Grove Schools has been a long-time partner school of Apollo, which serves 11 different districts in the area. Nick Verhoff, superintendent at Columbus Grove, explained the benefits Apollo has to offer.

“The Apollo bond issue on the ballot is critical to Columbus Grove Local Schools and its students. Apollo provides valuable training in numerous areas of need in Ohio’s job market. Columbus Grove Schools has been a long-time partner school of Apollo and over 19 percent of Columbus Grove High School’s junior class attends Apollo. Recent studies show that one year after graduating from an Apollo program, over 73 percent of students who attended are actively employed or attending college. Apollo plays a critical role helping Columbus Grove Local Schools provide a comprehensive educational program for all our community’s young people. This issue, which is only one mill, would be able to help Apollo Career Center greatly in updating its aging infrastructure and allow it to continue to provide state of the art training in many high demand fields in our job market,” said Verhoff.

Apollo provides many services and programs not only to high school students, but the adult workforce as well. In the high school programs, students can earn from three to 18 college credits, saving money in tuition costs after graduation. Adult students also can earn up to 16 semester hours through articulation agreements with Ohio colleges/universities, depending on the career-technical transfer agreement and career major. Over 4,000 adults are served in programs at Apollo each year.
For more information regarding this bond issue, please go online at or call 419-998-2910. Interested parties can also contact Superintendent Judy Wells to answer any questions.


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