Now that the Dublin City Schools' funding issue has been approved by voters, formulating the district's construction timeline can begin in earnest.
Issue 5 is a combination $195 million bond issue, 2-mill permanent-improvements levy and 5.9-mill operating levy.
It was approved by voters Nov. 6, 58 percent (21,936 votes) to 42 percent (15,879). Before the election, district officials had begun work on the design of two new elementary schools for Jerome Village and a site on Bright Road, said Jeff Stark, Dublin City Schools chief operating officer.
"We have a running start," Stark said.
Elementary schools 13 and 14, slated to cost a little more than $23.4 million each, are to begin construction in March and projected to be open for students in August 2020, Stark said.
Other projects will be starting up next year as well.
Renovation of the third and fourth floor of the district's Emerald Campus facility, 5175 Emerald Parkway, will begin in February and end in August, Stark said.
The work won't require the closure of the school during classes, he said. The third floor would be additional academic space and the fourth floor will house the district's central office staff.
The move of those staff members to the Emerald Campus facility frees up the central office building at 7030 Coffman Road to be converted to a preschool, a project that requires a full renovation, Stark said.
That renovation, slated to cost a little less than $3.3 million, will begin in August.
The preschool would open in August 2020, providing a better experience for students and freeing up space in the various elementary schools across the district that currently house preschool classes, Stark said.
Although designing the new middle school to be built in Jerome Village will begin next year, construction would not start until March 2020, Stark said. The $42.3 million project is slated to finished in August 2021.
While construction projects progress, the district also will make other preparations for the new elementary schools and middle school.
In fall 2019, the district will begin redistricting elementary school attendance boundaries to include the two new schools, said Superintendent Todd Hoadley.
The redistricting will go into effect when the new buildings open in fall 2020, he said.
"It will be a very transparent process with several community meetings," he said.
Redistricting for middle schools will also happen once the middle school in Jerome Village is completed, Hoadley said.
The district also is planning additions to Dublin Jerome and Dublin Scioto high schools, but officials haven't determined whether the projects will be undertaken simultaneously, Hoadley said.
Dublin Coffman High School, which has received seven additions throughout its lifespan, also will be the recipient of a series of projects over years, Hoadley said, to address major roof and heating, ventilation and air-conditioning issues.
"That building needs a lot of TLC right now," he said.