Greenon to host public forum for new school building Feb. 26

Greenon Local Schools will host another community forum to hear residents’ opinions about what they want to see in the district’s new $50 million school.

The event will take place at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 26, at Indian Valley Intermediate School.

The forum will allow residents to get updates on the current progress for the new school and will be a place for them to “ask questions, understand the decision-making process and hear the schedule of next steps,” according to a post on the district’s website.

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Input from the community is a top priority as the district plans for construction, Greenon Superintendent Brad Silvus said.

“We consider the community to be a vital part of the process of building a new school and look forward to working together to create a new facility that will be a source of pride for the entire district,” he said.

Greenon voters passed a $36 million bond issue last May to build a new pre-k-through-12th-grade school. The 6.98-mill bond will cost a taxpayer who owns a $100,000 property in the district a little more than $20 a month.

The state will pick up $18 million of the costs through the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission.

The total cost of the school was projected to be about $54 million. However, district officials said they sold its bonds at a lower rate than what was originally projected and therefore saved almost $4.3 million.

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The building process will be a long one, SHP Leading Design Architect Charlie Jahnigen said.

“We are in the schematic design phase,” Jahnigen said during a school board meeting last week.

The phase’s purpose is to set goals and requirements the district wants in its new building, he said.

The board of education is talking with teachers about what they want in the new school, Board President Dennis Henry said at the meeting.

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The new building will be constructed on the current site of the Indian Valley Intermediate School. Indian Valley will remain open during construction but will close once the new school opens, as will Enon Primary and Greenon High School.

The new school will be for all students in the district, but district leaders said they intend to divide the building so that students of different ages won’t intermingle.

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