- Associated Press - Saturday, September 19, 2015

SPRINGBORO, Ohio (AP) - A southwest Ohio school board plans to vote this week on whether to raze a former school building where more than 5,000 people are assigned to vote.

So far, no one has protested the demolition of the Jonathan Wright School building in Springboro at a school board meeting, the Dayton Daily News (https://bit.ly/1iqDOgm) reported.

The board is expected to vote Tuesday evening on the future of the former school, which closed in 2009. It now houses the Living Waters Lutheran Church and Springboro Community Action Center.

Officials say the land could be used for a school or sold for redevelopment.

If the building is demolished, the Nov. 3 election would be the last time voters from seven precincts could cast their ballots there. About 5,600 registered voters are in the precincts.

Warren County Board of Elections Director Brian Sleeth said demolishing the school spoils the election board’s consolidation of the precincts, which started last November.

“We moved it to one location because we thought it was a better location,” Sleeth said. “Now they’re tearing it down.”

Sleeth said his office is close to finalizing new locations. He estimated it would cost about $6,000 to notify voters about the change. “This is the biggest location we’ve ever lost,” he said.

Three precincts will probably be moved to the local Eagles lodge, Sleeth said, while the board continues to review possible locations for the other four.

The new polling places are expected to be set by March, when the swing state’s presidential primary is held.


This story has been corrected to show the name of the town is Springboro.


Information from: Dayton Daily News, https://www.daytondailynews.com

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