A young student and family took a look inside the newly-renovated Jefferson School building. Classes for kindergarten and pre-kindergarten students resumed Tuesday in the Jefferson Early Education Center. (Times Bulletin/Lindsay McCoy)
A young student and family took a look inside the newly-renovated Jefferson School building. Classes for kindergarten and pre-kindergarten students resumed Tuesday in the Jefferson Early Education Center. (Times Bulletin/Lindsay McCoy)

Times Bulletin Staff Report

VAN WERT - On Monday, the public got its first look inside the newly renovated Jefferson Elementary Early Education Center. Parents and students came in to take a look early Monday evening. The pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students have been attending classes at the former Washington Elementary building while the remodeling project was underway. Delays pushed the first day of classes in the Jefferson building back to Tuesday.

The project at Jefferson was the second part of the Van Wert Elementary School project and was funded through the Ohio School Facilities Commission.

Also on Monday, the Van Wert City Schools Board of Education met in special section to give formal approval to put the renewal of the district one-percent income tax. The board passed the resolution 5-0. There is no additional tax as part of the ballot question, but if approved the tax would go from a five-year levy to a continuing levy.

District Treasurer Mike Ruen has stated that the tax collected represents about 13 percent of the district's income, which is about $2.281 million. The request to make it a continuing levy represent the realization of the district that money needs are not going to be temporary.