The Dublin City School District officially is kicking off the construction of two new elementary school buildings with groundbreaking ceremonies at both sites.

The ceremony for Hopewell Elementary School, to be built at 4303 Bright Road, will be held at 10 a.m. April 12, and the ceremony for the elementary school, to be built in Jerome Village at Ravenhill Drive and Hyland-Croy Road, will be held at 1 p.m. April 12, according to district public-information officer Doug Baker.

Both elementary schools are funded by the combination $195 million bond issue, a 2-mill permanent-improvements levy and a 5.9-mill operating levy approved by voters in November.

The groundbreaking for each building wouldn't be possible without the support of the Dublin community and the strong support residents gave to Issue 5, said Superintendent Todd Hoadley.

"Our overcrowding situation continues to get more intense, and the opening of these new schools cannot happen soon enough," he said.

Dublin school board members March 18 selected the name Hopewell Elementary School for the Bright Road building. The name was suggested based on Hopewell American Indian burial mounds close to the school site.

The naming committee in May will return to the board with name recommendations for the school to be built in Jerome Village.

Site preparation, including tree removal and fences, began last month but the ceremonial groundbreaking has been scheduled as a courtesy to guests, said Jeff Stark, the district's chief operating officer. The buildings are scheduled to be completed and ready for occupancy by July 2020.

Each building will have a capacity of 720 students, Stark said.

The new schools will have more shared learning spaces that are evenly distributed throughout each building.

Classrooms will share access to small group areas with flexible furniture and corridors that have been repurposed to create space for learning activities outside the classroom.

Corna Kokosing Construction Co. is overseeing construction for each building and the firm's guaranteed maximum price for the buildings is $47,411,030.

A guaranteed maximum price, often referred to as a GMP, is an agreement on a cost that can't be exceeded, based on a project scope, according to Stark.

The district is also preparing for construction of a new middle school, which will be adjacent to the Jerome Village elementary school.

Elford Inc. will be the construction manager for the middle school, Stark said. Design for that school is underway by architect OHM Advisors and district academic staff.

Construction of the middle school is expected to begin begin late this year or early next year. It is projected to be complete by July 2021.

Elford also will serve as construction manager for the refurbishment of the district's central office at 7030 so it can be used as a centralized preschool, Stark said.

Central office staff members are scheduled to move out of the building this summer and into Emerald Campus, 5175 Emerald Parkway.

Refurbishing of the central office building will begin in September and is slated to be finished by June 2020, Stark said. Schorr Architects and district academic staff are working now on the preschool's design.

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