Dublin City School District officials said they could be ready in March to break ground for construction of two new elementary schools if voters approve a tax issue on the November general-election ballot to fund the projects.

The spring construction and expected August 2020 opening of the schools -- one on Bright Road, the other off Ravenhill Parkway in Jerome Village -- hinge on voters' approval of a combination $195 million bond issue, 2-mill permanent-improvements levy and a 5.9-mill operating levy, said Jeff Stark, the district's chief operating officer.

Dublin Superintendent Todd Hoadley said the district has been pushing forward the buildings' design process.

"Because of the severe overcrowding in our schools, we have a very aggressive construction timeline," he said.

Although the buildings are based on the design used for Glacier Ridge Elementary School, which originally was designed to accommodate 550 students, each of the new schools will be a bit larger with capacities of 720 students, said Gary Sebach, director of architectural design with OHM Advisors, a firm that provides architecture, engineering and planning services.

Sebach presented new drawings of interior and exterior layouts of the buildings during the Dublin school board's Aug. 13 meeting at Jerome High School.

By November, design for the buildings is slated to be 75 percent complete, Sebach said.

Each is estimated to cost a little more than $23.4 million$23,435,387, according to district estimates.

Whereas the buildings would be modeled after Glacier Ridge, there would be some key differences.

The new buildings would include increased parking, Sebach said. Inside the building, extended learning areas -- which are learning spaces outside the classroom -- would be laid out in a way that all classrooms could access them.

The gymnasiums would be widened to accommodate more students, and the cafeteria would be redesigned to move students through more quickly.

A second art classroom and restroom accessible from the outside would be contingent upon construction cost bids, Sebach said.

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