Groveport Madison school district officials will ask the Ohio School Facilities Commission to develop a facilities master plan to help the district solve some of its overcrowding issues.

The board unanimously approved a resolution April 12 to enlist the help of the OSFC in the "active planning process" for help through the Classroom Facilities Assistance Program, which provides school districts with state funds to help build or remodel schools.

The district has been notified that it is on the OSFC's priority list for additional help from the CFAP, but it had to let the commission know by April 15 if it wanted to participate in order to keep its priority status.

Superintendent Bruce Hoover said when a district begins a project with the OSFC, the work is divided into several phases.

"It begins with a facility and educational review of what your needs are; you do a needs assessment piece for the state of Ohio," Hoover said.

He said the OSFC also looks at enrollment projections and works with the district treasurer to review funding, co-funding and other project costs before any building designs are prepared.

The resolution approved by the school board means the district could begin participating in phase 2 of the CFAP planning process as early as July 2018. The new Groveport Madison High School now under construction is phase 1.

"By submitting this (resolution), it allows us to initiate and begin the process immediately and guarantees us that we will be eligible for funding at the beginning of the 2019 calendar year," Hoover said.

This school year, the district has been dealing with overcrowding issues.

Currently, there are approximately 5,800 students enrolled in Groveport Madison schools -- more than 100 more than last year.

Two of the elementary buildings -- Asbury and Groveport -- have exceeded their 500-student capacity and the remaining elementary schools are nearing their maximum number.

Asbury Elementary has 516 students and Groveport Elementary has 515 students enrolled this year, according to Jeff Warner, the district's marketing, communications and community relations officer.

To help temporarily ease overcrowding at the elementary schools, the district purchased modular units that will be ready for students at Sedalia Elementary next school year.

An influx of students is also having an effect on the middle schools and high school. Enrollment figures provided by the district show that Middle School North is within 39 students of capacity and Middle School Central and South are each 86 students away from being full.

The current Groveport Madison High School is also bulging at the seams with 1,602 students in a buildings designed for 968.

Once kindergarten enrollment wraps up at the end of April, Warner said enrollment projections will be updated.

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