Marburn Academy students should have their first classes in the school's New Albany location Jan. 9.

Marburn Academy students should have their first classes in the school's New Albany location Jan. 9.

Jamie Williamson, the Marburn head of school, said construction would be complete by the end of November on the 64,000-square-foot facility on 17 acres at 9555 Johnstown Road near the Windsor subdivision. Community open houses are planned for December, he said.

Construction for the $14 million project began Sept. 27, 2015, Williamson said. Moody Nolan did project design and Daimler Group was responsible for construction.

The new building will allow the school's three divisions -- grades 2 through 5, 6 through 8 and high school -- to have their own wings, he said. The gym, art and music areas will be shared spaces.

"Each of those divisions will have their own wing," he said.

Marburn's enrollment at its current location at 1860 Walden Drive in Columbus is 230 students, Williamson said. The new building has capacity for 350 students.

Erin Barr, director of marketing and communications, said Marburn has 75 employees, and over the next three to five years, it should add 10 to 15 more.

"So, in total, at full capacity Marburn Academy will bring 85 to 90 jobs to New Albany," she said.

Williamson said the new facility would include a larger gym, a science room for high school students, an art room equipped with a kiln, a black-box theater, a technology room and a music and band room.

Ruth Rubin, the head of high school, said she's looking forward to having a space for high schoolers to call their own to give them a more appropriate high school experience. She also looks forward to dedicated project space for engineering students and a new science lab.

Seemingly smaller details also mean a lot for students, she said, such as changing rooms that are near the theater area and a cafeteria that doesn't also function as a gym.

Williamson said tuition is $25,900 for grades 2 through 8 and $27,300 for high school. A typical family pays about $12,000 per student, based upon funding that can be received through the state and financial assistance from Marburn.

The nonprofit independent day school was founded in 1981 and serves the educational needs of students with such learning differences as dyslexia and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, according to the school's website.

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