Dream of new Carrollton schools inches closer

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By Nancy Schaar

FPS Correspondent

 

Plans are moving forward to build a new high school for Carrollton Schools.

During a special meeting March 24, the board of education approved a resolution to put in motion the receipt of an estimated $10 million from the Ohio School Facilities Commission (OSFCC). This will permit the district to participate in the Classroom Facilities Assistance Program- Segment One.

This resolution allows the district to work with the state to receive partial funding for the construction of a new school campus that will eventually house all grades from pre-school to twelfth grade.

District Superintendent Dave Quattrochi told board members and Treasurer Roxanne Mazur there is a lot of intense work to be done in a short amount of time. Board members Helen Skinner and Eric Roberts were not in attendance.

The OSFCC and Carrollton will now begin with the search for an architectural engineer (AE).

“We broke the record,” said Quattrochi. “We received the most applications in OSFCC history. We received 15 applications for the AE position. The OSFCC has received, at most, eleven. We must choose three from those 15.”

The timeline calls for a date to be set for either a two person building and grounds committee or the full school board to meet for a four-to-six hour review of all 15 applications. Quattrochi said each application is about 90 pages long.

A conference call is scheduled with the OSFCC April 17 at 2 p.m. to discuss the information for the three selected applicants.

All 15 AE applications must be submitted to the OSFCC April 8 through email with the proper district signatures.

A pre-interview will be held with school board members April 18, from 2 to 4 p.m. The top three architects selected will meet for a district presentation of the new construction goals. The session will be followed by a question and answer session for district officials by the OSFCC.

Also to be presented at this meeting on April 18 will be the option of local funded initiatives. All are open for discussion and input. They include:

  1. Pre-school and kindergarten wing with corridor – estimated $600,000.
  2. Auditorium with 500 seats – estimated $2.5 million
  3. Administration offices – 6,000 square feet – estimated $1 million.
  4. Field house – estimated $1.5 million.
  5. Bus garage and lot – estimated $750,000.

(Note), The above options are rough estimates and not all initiatives will be chosen for the district. These are the options listed by the state for local funding.

The architectural engineer will be selected during a May 5 meeting to be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This will include two board members, OSFCC officials and central office administration. One-hour interviews will be held with each of the three finalists.

A one hour meeting will occur following the last interview to make the recommendation to all members of the Board of Education.

During the school board’s regular meeting May 10 an official vote will be held regarding the recommendation of the architectural engineer. The meeting will be open to the public.

The construction of the new campus is to be located on the “school farm property” on State Route 332 adjacent to the football stadium and baseball fields and is divided into two phases.

The first phase will include construction of the options to be funded locally and will include classrooms for grades nine through 12.

Phase two will finish construction of the new campus and include classrooms for all elementary and middle school students.

If sufficient funding is secured, the district hopes to include the middle school construction in the first phase.

Funding for the local portion of the project will come from the $1 million per year to be paid by Carroll County Energy over a 30 year period. The remainder will come from the sale of unbonded funds sold publicly by the district. This form of funding has recently been approved by the OSFCC.

The estimated cost of the new campus is expected to be about $37 million.

Quattrochi assured board members public meetings within the district will be held to receive input from members of the community, teachers and especially students.

A special committee will be formed in the coming weeks to include 25 members of the community, according to Quattrochi.

“Things will be moving very quickly in the next few weeks,” said Director of Programs Ed Robinson.

“This is an exciting time. Not just for administration and teachers but for students too. A lot of good things will be happening in April and May,” commented Quattrochi.