Lakota Schools Treasurer Jenni Logan said “as far as financing goes …we believe we are at a point where they (club officials) have satisfactory financing.”
Board member Ray Murray said the deal has “a return on investment that is great.”
“This is great for the community and for the kids,” Murray said of the club, which is scheduled to open in early 2018 at the old school’s location at 8735 Cincinnati Dayton Road.
The new Boys & Girls Club will be a 31,000-square-foot, two-story structure that includes a junior high-size gymnasium, library, art room, dance studio and possibly even a recording studio.
An Ohio bill signed by Gov. John Kasich added $300,000 to the club's fund-raising efforts.
West Chester Twp. resident Danielle Werner Richardson, who lives near Olde West Chester, maintains the former school, which is no longer in use, should be renovated. Moreover, she objected to $300,000 of Lakota school tax dollars going toward the demolition.
“We are disappointed to see Lakota proceed with this plan in spite of public outcry,” Richardson said.
She criticized “using school (tax) money to destroy a structurally sound historic building for the benefit of a private organization.”
Patti Alderson, board of director member for the Boys & Girls Club of West Chester/Liberty and the leader in the private fund-raising effort for the new club, said she was happy with the board’s action.
“This is huge,” Alderson said at the board meeting. “To have the board make this tremendous commitment to our community will change many young lives in the future.”