After the community meetings, the board in May reached consensus for constructing two new elementary buildings with wings for prekindergarten through grade two and third through sixth grades as opposed to four new buildings.
The final configuration of those buildings, whether they would be in one or two locations and where those locations would be remains to be to determined.
“We are working some different options, but nothing rock solid yet,” Superintendent Eric Herman said Thursday of possible sites.
The district now has six elementary schools, a sixth-grade building, a junior high and a high school. The Van Cleve sixth grade building is more than 100 years old. The newest elementary school building is 50 years old. The high school was built in 1958.
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The district is working with the Ohio School Facilities Commission on building plans. The district is eligible for 33 percent state building construction funding.
The estimated cost of the project is $63.3 million, with the local share of $47.9 million. The current estimates show the elementary building local costs at $42.4 million. The balance would be for updates at the high school. Possible high school projects include boilers and air conditioning in some parts of the building, Herman said.