The Canal Winchester Board of Education agreed May 9 to spend nearly $2.3 million for early site work in preparation for renovations and additions at the high school.

Members also approved a resolution to allow Columbus-based Ruscilli Construction Co., the construction manager for the $27.1 million project, to move forward with "pre-construction-stage services" starting June 1.

District Treasurer Nicholas Roberts said the funding for the early site work covers construction costs and all "soft costs" such as construction manager fees.

"The early site work includes utilities (i.e., sewage, water, gas, electric), paving (i.e., parking lots), excavating areas needed for construction, etc.," Roberts said.

Funding for the 48,000-square-foot building project, according to information on the district website, includes about $19.6 million from the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission (OFCC) and $7.5 million from the school district.

Superintendent Jim Sotlar has emphasized at several board meetings that the district is not asking taxpayers for additional money to pay for the addition and renovations at Canal Winchester High School.

The board also awarded a $145,309 contract last week to Heiberger Paving to install three new tennis courts, bringing the number of courts at the high school to six. Heiberger Paving is based in Canal Winchester.

The company also will install fencing around each court.

Roberts said the addition of the new courts will allow the district to host home tennis matches, which usually require at least five courts.

"Our tennis program is growing, and we need our facilities to be par with other Division I districts," Roberts said.

Work on the tennis courts was expected to start this week.