The Canal Winchester Times

Board OKs resolutions to access construction funds

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The Groveport Madison Board of Education approved three resolutions June 11, all connected with the district's plans to build a new high school using a combination of state money and funds made available through voter approval of a levy and bond issue in May.

The first resolution, required by the Ohio School Facilities Commission, authorizes the district to participate in the state's Classroom Facilities Assistance Program. It opens the way for the district to receive $28,285,963 in state funding for the design and construction of the new high school.

The board also approved a resolution authorizing the sale of bonds in September for the district's share of the project, expected to be $25,083,779.

The third resolution certifies to the county auditor the newly adjusted 2014-2015 tax levies, based on the May election results, including a 4.2-mill inside levy, equaling $3,248,960.16, and a 53.4-mill outside levy, equaling $26,295,233.60.

All three resolutions were approved unanimously.

At a June 25 work session, board members will be asked to determine which primary contractors will be needed for the design and construction of the project. After that, a request for qualifications will be put out for a prospective project architect.

The work session will take place at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 25, at the Madison Township Community Center, 4575 Madison Lane.

OSFC representatives Eugene Chipiga and Kim Magovac presented a project overview to district officials in May.

At that time, Chipiga said the agreement to participate in the Classroom Facilities Assistance Program would serve as a master plan for all segments of the project, which could eventually include three new middle schools and five new elementary schools, if voters agree in the future to approve those constructions.

Superintendent Bruce Hoover has said work groups of staff members and residents will participate in the design process for the new high school, which is expected to start this fall.

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