That work will also include plumbing, wiring and internet capacity, Patrick said.
Work on the 214,000 square foot building, which started in June 2021, is targeted for “substantial completion” in March 2024 with classes starting there the following school year, he said. The estimated 80-acre site will also be the future home of a new middle school, he added.
Aside from the academic wing, the new building will include a basketball arena seating more than 2,000, a 1,000-plus capacity performing arts center and an auxiliary gym, Patrick said.
An outdoor athletic complex will include a football, soccer and track stadium seating about 4,000 around a turfed field. The complex also will include a multi-purpose field/band practice field and practice fields for football and soccer, all which will be grass, he said.
Cut from the original plans due to inflationary costs were softball fields, baseball fields and tennis courts.
Those elements were put on hold because the district did not want to “negatively affect academic areas,” Fairborn board of education President Jerry Browning said.
However, the board is now considering what Treasurer Kevin Philo estimated to be a 1.75-mill, 34-year property tax issue to fund those projects. If approved in a board vote expected next month, the issue would be on the ballot in May 2023, Fairborn officials said.
The tax issue would not mean residents would pay a higher tax rate than they do today. District officials said that’s because collection of funds from the 2023 bond would start in January 2027, when a separate one expires.
Meanwhile, crews will focus on the building’s interior, working south to north, toward the arena and the auxiliary gym, Patrick said.