The Dublin City Schools district this summer is beginning a number of renovation projects funded by the 2-mill permanent-improvements levy that was part of Issue 5, approved by voters in November 2018.
Issue 5 was a combination $195 million bond issue, 2-mill permanent-improvements levy and a 5.9-mill operating levy.
Projects include the resurfacing of the Bailey Elementary School parking lot, replacement of Indian Run Elementary School's gymnasium floor, roof repairs at Dublin Coffman and Dublin Scioto high schools, bleacher upgrades at all three high schools, backup generators throughout the district and a districtwide exterior-door access-control project, said Doug Baker, the district spokesman.
The door-access project, which will extend into the school year, will help increase safety and security for staff, Baker said.
The project will allow entrances to be controlled by electric key entry and notify staff members if doors aren't securely latched, said Todd Hoadley, superintendent.
"This is a big safety thing for us," he said.
The permanent-improvements levy generates $6 million per year, Baker said, to be spent on facilities upgrades, technology and buses. This year's approximate spending breakdown for improvement projects includes $1.5 million for buses, $.5 million for technology and $4 million for facilities upgrades, he said.
The improvements levy runs in perpetuity and will help fund renovations to all buildings throughout the district, Hoadley said.
Issue 5's 5.9-mill operating levy funds district operations, and the $195 million bond issue funds construction of Abraham Depp and Hopewell elementary schools, a fifth middle school, the district's preschool and additions to its high school buildings, Hoadley said.
Hopewell Elementary School, 4303 Bright Road, and Abraham Depp Elementary School, 9105 Gardenia Drive in Jerome Village, are expected to open for the 2020-21 school year.
The as-yet unnamed middle school No. 5 will be built adjacent to Abraham Depp and is expected to open in August 2021.
The district's centralized preschool in the former district office at 7030 Coffman Road also is scheduled to open this year.
Staff members housed at the Coffman Road central office moved to the school district's Emerald Campus, 5175 Emerald Parkway.
Hoadley said the district's plans to build additions to Jerome and Scioto have been put on hold for the time being because of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
Jerome's student population exceeds it designed capacity, Coffman is at capacity and Scioto is under capacity, Hoadley said.
The district still has the capacity to grow for its high school population, but the extra space is in the wrong spot given the current district attendance boundaries. Redistricting high schools could be necessary, he said.
"I think the plan is still in discussion," he said. "No one wants to rush in and do that until it's absolutely necessary," he said.