Fairborn council approves plan for new primary school

A rendering of the proposed Fairborn Primary School. CONTRIBUTED

The Fairborn City Council on Monday evening approved plans for a new primary school, inching the project toward its June 1 groundbreaking.

The proposed 132,000-square-foot primary school will be two stories with a staff of 110 employees and will accommodate 1,214 students, according to planning documents.

“It’s a long time coming and we’re all excited about it,” said Councilwoman Donna Wilson.

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The school building, for pre-kindergarten through second grade, will be constructed on the playground of the current school, 4 E. Dayton Yellow Springs Road.

“This is a long project,” said Kathleen Riggs, the city planner. “It involves the rebuilding of two schools.”

The schools have set a timeline for the new construction over the next four years:

• Summer 2018 to summer 2020: Site preparation and construction of the new school. Students will remain in existing primary school

• Fall 2020: Students move into new primary school

• Fall 2020 to spring 2022: Intermediate students move into old primary school

• Summer 2022: Demolition of old primary school and completion of the new primary school site

• Fall 2022: Intermediate school students move into new school on Maple Avenue.

The measure passed 5-0. Councilmen Terry Burkert and Tim Steininger abstained because they are Fairborn City Schools employees.

Voters approved funding construction of new primary and intermediate school buildings at the ballot box in November when a 2.95-mil bond levy passed with nearly 60 percent, according to election night results.

Groundbreaking will take place at Fairborn Primary School, 9:30 a.m., June 1. The ceremony will be located on the playground west of the building. Parking is available on the west side of the building. In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held in the school district auditorium at Fairborn High School.

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