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District to seek bids for elementary school projects

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The South-Western Board of Education Monday, March 18 approved resolutions authorizing the district to advertise and seek bids for construction services related to the four elementary school projects planned for 2013.

The board also approved the construction documents for the projects.

The first phase of the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission project will involve new buildings at Alton Hall, Monterey, Prairie Norton and Harmon elementary schools.

The district has set a tentative date of April 22 for opening bids and plans to break ground on the four elementary school projects in late spring.

In other business, Personnel Director Brian Hamler presented an enrollment projection report.

As of last October, the district's total enrollment was 20,216 students, an increase of 140 over the previous school year, Hamler said.

Over the last 10 years, October enrollment has ranged from a peak of 20,993 in the 2006-07 school year to a low of 19,894 in 2010-11.

Enrollment is expected to total about 20,346 students in 2013-14 and grow to 20,742 by 2017-18, Hamler said.

The number of elementary, middle school and high school students are all expected to grow next school year while intermediate school enrollment is projected to decreased by 18 students, he said.

In other action, the board approved a trip by approximately 12 Central Crossing High School theater students to London.

The students will be accompanied by two adult chaperones during the trip planned for June 15-21.

During their visit, the students will study the history and culture of England's theater tradition and visit famous sites in and around London.

Trip expenses will be paid by students and parents and through fundraising.

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