Construction on two new Fairborn schools is on track, according to school officials.
Fairborn City Schools Superintendent Gene Lolli said the construction of new primary and intermediate schools are on schedule and budget. The total cost of the project, including architectural fees, will be $58 million.
The Fairborn community is paying for a little over half of the project. The state of Ohio is paying for the remaining portion.
The city ceremoniously broke ground on the $27 million primary school in June 2018, but didn’t start “digging” until January.
The new primary school is replacing a 60-year-old building at 4 W. Dayton-Yellow Springs Road. The new building will be two stories tall and 130,444 square feet. It is being built next to the playground at the current primary school.
Fairborn residents who drive by the site can see that walls are now up on the school. Lolli said a roof should be on the building by winter.
Students will be in the building just in time for the 2020-2021 academic year.
“We’ve timed this so that the educational process won’t be interrupted,” Lolli said.
Once construction on the new primary school is completed, intermediate students will move into the old primary school building. The old intermediate building will be demolished and the new building will be built in its place at 25 Dellwood Drive.
The new intermediate school, which will cost about $20 million to build and be 103,163-square-feet, will be completed by the fall of 2022.
There will be approximately 55 teachers in the primary school and 43 teachers in the intermediate school. Both the primary and intermediate schools will hold about 1,200 students.
With the new schools, there will also be a change in organization.
The primary school will hold pre-K through second grades. The new intermediate school will hold grades three, four and five.
“This will lighten the load for the primary school,” said Pam Gayheart, spokeswoman for Fairborn City Schools.
Gayheart said there has been talk of getting new facilities for more than a decade.
Fairborn voters approved the new primary and intermediate schools in 2016, Lolli said.
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