The Columbus school district expects to start numerous building projects this fall, starting with preparing Linden-McKinley High School for middle-school students.

The Columbus school district expects to start numerous building projects this fall, starting with preparing Linden-McKinley High School for middle-school students.

The district expects to spend more than $180-million on projects.

Michael Straughter, a spokes-man for the district, said $123-million will come from a bond that voters approved in November. The rest will come from matching funds provided by the state.

Carol Olshavsky, senior executive of capital improvements, said the district expects to spend about $34-million to renovate Linden-McKinley.

Plans call for expanding the school to include seventh- and eighth-graders as well as adding various amenities to turn it into a math and science school.

Olshavsky said the school is expected to reopen for the 2011-12 school year with a capacity of 1,000 students.

There are about 500 students currently enrolled in the school. Students will be relocated to North High School while the building is being worked on.

Plans for Africentric call for the district to spend $34-million to build a new building.

The district is uncertain whether it will remain on its current site at East Livingston Avenue, Straughter said.

Olshavsky said the Africentric project has been on hold for three years as the Ohio Department of Transportation worked on a project to untangle the I-70/71 corridor.

Part of ODOT's plan calls for the district to hand over a portion of the school's campus, mainly parts of its athletic field.

Other schools to be worked on include: Alum Crest High School, Clearbrook Middle School, Ecole Kenwood Alternative Elementary School, Columbus Spanish Immersion Elementary School, Starling Middle School, Cedarwood Alternative Elementary School, Clinton Elementary School, Georgian Heights Alternative Elementary School, Liberty Elementary School and Olde Orchard Alternative Elementary School.

Last year, voters approved a $164-million bond issue to pay for building improvements, new school buses, textbooks and other items.

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