The Pickerington Local School District Board of Education this week gave the go-ahead for a more than $1-million expansion at Pickerington High School North.
The board Monday morning unanimously approved a $1.139 million contract with Charter Hill Construction Inc. to build an approximately 5,300-square-foot addition to North.
According to board members, the project will provide additional space at the high school to house the Pickerington Community School, which currently operates in two classrooms at North.
"This is to relocate the community school from the middle of the building, where they're trapped space-wise," said Board President Cathy Olshefski.
Established in August 2011, the Pickerington Community School generally serves students aged 16 to 21 who are credit-deficient and three or more classes behind their peers.
In addition to providing high school-credited courses to students who've fallen behind and are at risk of not graduating, the community school also seeks to bring area students who've been home-schooled back into the district so the district can receive state funding for those students.
Students at the school receive classroom instruction and can complete some coursework online. The school also has a work-study program, which allows students who qualify to earn credits while working.
In the 2011-12 school year, the Pickerington Community School served 103 students with varying amounts of high school credit. Of those, 44 graduated.
Board members and Scott Deisler, a project manager for SHP Leading Design, which is providing architecture services to the district, said the addition will more than double the community school's current available space.
"It's about 5,300 square feet with five classrooms ... and it has an office and a work room," Deisler said.
Board member Lori Sanders said the addition will be constructed on the west corner of North's existing building.
Sanders couldn't confirm when the work will begin or conclude, but said district officials are hopeful it will begin this summer.