Work begins on preparation for region’s newest high school building

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Work has started to clear debris from the land that will become the future site of Fairborn High School, according to the school district.

“If you drive, walk, or bike by the future site of Fairborn High School on Commerce Center Boulevard, you will see that we are starting to clear brush and undergrowth from the land for our new school building, performing arts center, and athletics complex!” the district posted on Facebook on Monday.

The school itself is in the design phase, but work has begun to prepare the land, the district said. They are working with Fairborn, the Ohio EPA and the Ohio Department of Transportation to safely remove undergrowth in an environmentally healthy way.

The district can pay for the new school with a levy that was passed in November. The 5.83 combined bond and levy will cost the owner of a $100,000 home about $204 per year.

The site of the new Fairborn high school, located at 1523 Commerce Center Blvd. Courtesy of Fairborn Schools
The site of the new Fairborn high school, located at 1523 Commerce Center Blvd. Courtesy of Fairborn Schools

The proceeds would fund construction of a $65 million to $70 million high school, performing arts center and athletic complex.

Pam Gayheart, a spokesman for Fairborn schools, said when the new high school construction is completed, the high school students will move to the new school and Baker Middle School students will move to the old Fairborn High School on Dayton-Yellow Springs Road.

“The new Fairborn Intermediate School will be constructed at the site that the old school sat on-they tore down the old building and construction is underway,” she said.

Gayheart said when money becomes available from the state, a new middle school will be built next to the high school on Commerce Center Boulevard.

Fairborn voters approved a 2.95-mill bond levy in 2016 to build new primary and intermediate schools. The primary school will replace a 60-year-old building at 4 W. Dayton-Yellow Springs Road, and it’s being built next to the playground at the current primary school.

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The new building will be about two stories tall and 130,44 square feet. The current high school was built in 1971.

Fairborn's new high school will be built near the corner of Garland Rd. and Commerce Center Blvd.
Fairborn's new high school will be built near the corner of Garland Rd. and Commerce Center Blvd.

Credit: JIM NOELKER

Credit: JIM NOELKER

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