The Walter Shade Early Childhood Center is among the school buildings in the district that are more than 50 years old. CHRIS STEWART / STAFF

School board looks to pick architect to explore new building plan

The selection of an architect to provide planning services for potential new schools is set to be considered by the West Carrollton City Schools Board of Education this week.

West Carrollton Superintendent Andrea Townsend is recommending the board select a Minster firm for the “pre-bond” phase as the district moves forward in process to participate in the Ohio School Facilities Commission, district records show.

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Garmann Miller Architects and Engineers was singled out by Townsend over two other firms “to provide master planning services to prepare a district-wide facilities and educational plan working in consultation with the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission,” according to district records.

A resolution opting to pick that firm over Levin Porter Architects of Miami Twp. and Ruetschle of Dayton is set to go before the West Carrollton board Wednesday night.

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The process began this spring because many the district’s schools are more than 50 years old. At that time, then-Superintendent Rusty Clifford said the process could take two years or more.

If the district becomes part of the state facilities program, Ohio would funded the overwhelming majority of the cost. However, it is likely the district would be required help finance the work through a bond issue.

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