The Canal Winchester Local School District will be eligible next spring to get roughly $30-million in state funding to build schools.

The Canal Winchester Local School District will be eligible next spring to get roughly $30-million in state funding to build schools.

But there's a catch: In order to get that money, the district would need to raise between $19-million and $20-million from district residents through passage of a bond issue.

Wayne Colman, planning manager for the Ohio Schools Facilities Commission (OSFC), the body overseeing state funding for school construction, said October enrollment numbers will play a factor in determining the dollar amount offered to Canal Winchester Schools in April. District treasurer Joyce Boyer said a "ballpark figure" would be $30-million to $31-million.

According to an OSFC presentation to district officials on Aug. 25, Canal Winchester schools are eligible to receive state money to build schools next April but must come up with 69 percent of the costs.

Once that local share of 69 percent is reached, the state will fund about 31 percent of construction costs for future school buildings.

Those future buildings are part of the district's OSFC-approved construction master plan and include a fifth- and sixth-grade building next to the middle school on Lithopolis Road, a pre-kindergarten/kindergarten building and an addition to the high school.

But the district has already made headway against that 69 percent to the tune of more than $38-million through OSFC's Expedited Local Partnership Program (ELPP).

ELPP allows districts to accumulate dollars toward their local match through resident-funded construction projects.

For example, in Canal Winchester, the district has built up dollars toward its local share through the construction of Winchester Trail, the Winchester Trail addition, an addition to the high school and the new middle school building. Costs for Indian Trail Elementary are not included because the school was built prior to the ELPP program, Boyer said.

According to the OSFC presentation Aug. 25, the potential credit summary through ELPP includes: