Upper Arlington Schools officials broke ground April 7 for construction of a new high school, a project that kicks off a $230 million overhaul of six district buildings.

Correction: Because of a reporter’s error, a story online and in the April 11 edition of the ThisWeek Upper Arlington News incorrectly said Barrington Elementary is among the schools that will be rebuilt as part of the Upper Arlington Schools' $230 million construction program. Barrington and Tremont elementary schools will undergo major renovations. Greensview, Windermere and Wickliffe elementary schools will be rebuilt.

Upper Arlington Schools officials broke ground April 7 for construction of a new high school, a project that kicks off a $230 million overhaul of six district buildings.

The process began about five years ago to examine and upgrade school buildings that are, on average, more than 60 years old.

The event was moved indoors because of bad weather, but that didn't stop students, district officials and others from plunging shovels into piles of dirt to signify breaking ground outdoors in preparation for a new Upper Arlington High School.

Superintendent Paul Imhoff called the ceremony a "historic day in the life of the school district, community and Upper Arlington High School," made possible by the work of the school board, district staff and volunteers, as well as community members who supported a November 2017 bond issue to fund the work and who took part in a series of meetings to provide design feedback.

"The way our community has come together to support the current and future young people is without precedent," Imhoff said.

"We are putting a stake in the ground and we are saying, 'We are going to prepare facilities that are going to be the place where generations of young people grow and where they experience that vision of uniquely accomplished students who are indeed prepared to serve, lead and succeed.' "

The new high school is being built on the same parcel as the existing UAHS and is scheduled to open in fall 2021.

With 395,000 square feet of learning space, the new high school will be more than 100,000 square feet larger than the current UAHS.

The three-story building will feature a 50-foot-wide hallway called Golden Bear Boulevard, around which most of the building's elements were designed.

It also will have multiple outdoor learning spaces and expanded arts and athletics facilities, including a 1,500-seat auditorium, a 10-lane natatorium and a new football stadium.

"As we open the new Upper Arlington High School, it is going to be about that building, but we are going to honor the past ... so our students understand they are part of something bigger than themselves," Imhoff said.

UAHS Principal Andrew Theado said the groundbreaking for the new high school and the impending work for the five elementary buildings marks "an amazing time to be a Golden Bear."

"It's hard to believe we are here," Theado said. "As principal of Upper Arlington High School, I am so inspired to be part of a community that values education the way our does."

Plans are in place to build Greensview Elementary, Windermere Elementary and Wickliffe Elementary, along with major remodeling at Barrington Elementary and Tremont Elementary.

May 19 groundbreakings are scheduled for Greensview (12:30 p.m.), Wickliffe (1:45 p.m.), Tremont (3 p.m.) and Barrington (4:15 p.m.)

The work at Greensview, Tremont and Wickliffe is scheduled to be completed in time for the start of school in fall 2020, and the work at Barrington is scheduled to be done by fall 2021.

Windermere will be razed in June 2020, with a new school expected to open in fall 2021.

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