The COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic has not slowed construction of the Dublin City Schools' two new elementary schools, according to the district.

The buildings are 75% to 80% complete, said Jeff Stark, the district's chief operating officer.

"Construction on the elementary schools remains on schedule, with a forecasted completion date of early July," Stark said.

Hopewell Elementary School, 4303 Bright Road, and Abraham Depp Elementary School, 9105 Gardenia Drive in Jerome Village, are expected to open in August for the 2020-21 school year.

Each of the buildings will have a capacity of 720 students.

Construction for both schools totals $47.4 million. Funding for construction comes from a combined $195 million bond issue, a 2-mill permanent-improvements levy and a 5.9-mill operating levy voters approved in November 2018.

Construction of the district's fifth middle school at 9015 Gardenia Drive, adjacent to Depp, began in March 2020 and had a tough start because of a considerable amount of rainfall, Stark said. However, construction of the middle school still is on schedule, he said.

The construction cost of that school, scheduled to open in August 2021, is a little less than $42.3 million.

Work is progressing at both elementary buildings, Stark said.

Gymnasium and kitchen equipment has been installed, and outside, installation of curbs and sidewalks, landscaping and site grading are underway, he said.

The district is determining whether to move forward with ribbon-cutting ceremonies that had been planned for August, Stark said.

Work on the district's centralized preschool also is progressing in the former district office at 7030 Coffman Road. Construction began in October.

Stark said interior work almost is finished, and construction of the parking lot and a new bus drive will begin early this month.

The preschool is slated to open in August.

District spokesman Doug Baker said the district will continue to work with guidance provided by Gov. Mike DeWine and local health departments regarding what format school instruction might be in the fall because of the pandemic.

"We do not know at this point, but will be working through various possibilities in the coming weeks," Baker said. "When we are able to communicate details, we will communicate with all parents from the district and building levels, using a wide variety of communication channels."

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