The South-Western Board of Education on April 16 unanimously approved the issuance of $148 million in bonds, marking the start of a voter-approved rebuilding project.

The South-Western Board of Education on April 16 unanimously approved the issuance of $148 million in bonds, marking the start of a voter-approved rebuilding project.

Construction on the project is expected to begin in spring 2013. It is funded in part by Issue 8, a $148-million, 38-year bond issue that voters approved in March. Along with the bond issue, money from the Ohio School Facilities Commission will pay about half the cost of building 13 new elementary schools, replacing Franklin Heights High School and making minor renovations to Buckeye Woods and Darby Woods elementary schools.

The renovations will affect about 8,000 students.

The district intends to replace buildings on their existing sites, with the possible exception of North Franklin Elementary School, and should have a construction schedule completed by June.

Each building likely will be bid separately.

Most schools are expected to be rebuilt on their current sites. Plans call for the new Franklin Heights High School to be built around the existing auditorium.

The district will hold a public hearing at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 26, at Grove City High School, 4665 Hoover Road.

The board also approved dates for the 2012 summer school programs.

High school summer school classes will be offered June 11 through July 6, with middle school courses running June 11 to 22. The district also will offer Ohio Graduation Test intervention programs and administration of the test during June.

The cost for district residents is $60 for middle school courses and $175 per four-hour course at the high school level. Middle school programs will be held at Norton Middle School, and high school classes will be at Central Crossing.