New Albany News

District slates June 10 groundbreaking ceremony


New Albany-Plain Local School District officials will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for the new 150,000-square-foot school building at 5:30 p.m. Monday, June 10, in the middle school cafeteria.

"All throughout the process of planning the new building, we've been talking about the culmination of growth for the campus," said district spokesman Patrick Gallaway. "This is kind of like the final piece for years to come. We're asking people to come celebrate our past and building for our future."

Gallaway said the ceremony will last about 30 minutes.

"We're trying to locate folks who can represent multiple generations in the district so we'll have a really interesting mix of old and new people who've been part of the district for years," he said.

Gallaway said the district will use eight shovels that were used in previous groundbreaking celebrations as far back as the late 1990s when New Albany High School was built.

District officials have requested attendees register on the website,

The new building will hold 1,200 students -- likely in grades 2 to 8 -- district officials have said.

The building and site improvements will be funded by a $45.1-million, 2.59-mill bond issue local voters approved last November.

The building was designed by Moody-Nolan of Columbus. The school board on March 18 approved an agreement with Moody-Nolan for $2,008,637 for design and construction oversight.

The board also approved a contract for Harrison Planning Group of Columbus for $300,356.92 for working as the district's representative to Moody-Nolan and as the district's representative on the construction site.

The new building will be built by Corna Kokosing Construction Co. of Columbus.