Although preparation for the new elementary school planned for Jerome Village is a bit behind work for a second elementary school planned for Bright Road, Dublin City School District officials still plan to break ground on both buildings by March, according to chief operating officer Jeff Stark.

Construction document design is about 75 to 80 percent done on both buildings, Stark said.

In January, construction management firm Corna Kokosing will provide a general maximum price for the district, which the Dublin school board would need to approve via vote.

"We'll have that price tag in January," Stark said.

The cost of each elementary building was projected to be about $23.4 million, according to district estimates. Funding will come from the combination $195 million bond issue, 2-mill permanent-improvements levy and 5.9-mill operating levy voters approved earlier this month.

District officials are working with Dublin officials to ready the Bright Road site and working with Nationwide Realty for the Jerome site because Nationwide owns the surrounding land there, Stark said.

The Jerome Village Community Authority earlier this year requested the district move its area of construction 140 feet to the north to preserve a tree line along the southern boundary of the parcel, Stark said.

In return, the authority would grant the district approximately 3.5 acres directly adjacent to the district's northern parcel edge to make up for the land converted into the preservation easement.

The district and the association are still working on transferring the 3.5 acres and costs associated with bringing electric, fiber optics and gas service to the site, he said.

"The district is concerned that the ... work with the JVA is not yet complete; however, we have been assured by the JVA that every effort will be made to keep the district on schedule for a March 2019 groundbreaking," Stark said.

Each elementary building will be two stories tall, like Glacier Ridge Elementary School, said Jill Abraham, the school district's director of elementary education.

Glacier Ridge was built in the late 2000s and after additions now has a capacity of 720 students.

Both buildings will also be built for a 720-student capacity to avoid later additions, Abraham said.

Although the elementary buildings use Glacier Ridge as a general model, the common spaces will be more centrally located in the new buildings to improve accessibility, Abraham said.

At Glacier Ridge, the distance of common spaces from classrooms inhibits easy access to resources.

Common spaces are used to help children problem solve together, by working with Chromebook computers, reading or designing things, Abraham said.

The furniture that is planned for those areas will also be more mobile.

Similarly, glass garage doors on portions of classroom walls can be raised so the learning area can be stretched into the hallway, Abraham said.

Groups of two classrooms will share a small intervention office, so that students can easily visit reading or math intervention staff without having to travel far, Abraham said.

"I think these buildings will promote a lot more movement," she said.

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