The Ohio School Facilities Commission (OSFC) today approved over $4.3 million in state funding for school construction work in the North Central Local School District (Williams County). The district is one of 13 from across the Buckeye state that received an offer of funding from the Commission, which oversees the state’s school facility renovation and construction program.
The funding, combined with $4.3 million from the district, will allow the district to move forward with the construction of a new combination middle and high school building that will serve students in grades 7 through 12. The work is the initial stage of a continuing plan to comprehensively address the facility needs in the district. The local share of the project is being funded through a bond issue passed in May by district voters.
“This is a critical step in ensuring that the children in the North Central district are in facilities that help support academic achievement,” said OSFC Executive Director Richard Hickman. He went on to add that, “There is also a significant economic impact attached to today’s Commission action – the construction work generated by this project could translate into both job opportunities for local residents and increased purchases of goods and services from local businesses.”
“While Governor Kasich has been making key reforms to help our students learn and have success in the classroom, these grants will bring needed renovations to help these schools support student growth,” said State Budget Director Tim Keen, chair of the OSFC. “Ohio’s renewed fiscal health made it possible for Governor Kasich to allocate new funding to renovate our schools over the next two years.” According to Keen, the state capital budget approved by Governor Kasich earlier this year allocated $675 million to the OSFC for grants over the next two years.
North Central Superintendent, Ken Boyer, says, “Our school district is excited about the opportunity to build a new junior high/high school building that will enhance the educational process for our students.” “It also gives the district the ability to add a facility that will be a great addition to our entire community”.