Although Olentangy Local School District residents will not vote on funding for a proposed fourth high school until March, district officials already have selected an architect.

Although Olentangy Local School District residents will not vote on funding for a proposed fourth high school until March, district officials already have selected an architect.

The school board on Dec. 10 voted 4-0 to award a $2.7 million contract to Dublin-based Fanning Howey, pending the result of the district's March 15 levy attempt. Fanning Howey designed Liberty and Orange high schools.

Board member Adam White left the meeting – his last on the board – prior to the vote.

Olentangy's March 15 levy proposal features three components: a 5.9-mill operating levy, a 1-mill permanent improvement levy and a no-new-millage, $79.6 million bond issue, which would fund the construction of the new high school and other improvements. A yes vote would approve all three parts.

The levy, if approved, would cost district property owners an additional $241.50 annually per $100,000 of assessed property value.

Construction on the fourth high school, which would sit on district-owned land on Berlin Station Road in Berlin Township, could begin next summer.

Read the details in the Dec. 17 edition of ThisWeek.