School officials said they were able to save about $4 million by refinancing some of the bonds.
The new building will be constructed on the current site of the Indian Valley Intermediate School. Jahnigen said at the meeting the building will likely be two stories.
The construction will take about 20 months, he said.
“They can’t build it in 18 and they can’t build it in 16,” he said. “The company said they could do it in 20. It’s driven by time, it’s driven by manpower, material and labor.”
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 officials said they intend to divide the building and use scheduling tactics so that students of different ages won’t intermingle.
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Currently the district is in the schematic design phase, Jahnigen said. That phase is to set goals and requirements that Greenon wants in its new building, he said.
One of the next steps in the project is to conduct a traffic study, district officials said in on a social media post.
“There will be a traffic study to determine the traffic impact of the new building and then we have options such as separate drop-offs for cars and buses, widening the roads with the creation of turn lanes into the property and staggering start times to even out the traffic flow,” the post said. “We anticipate the traffic study will be conducted later this spring.”
District representatives visited other schools across Ohio to seek ideas for their new school, Greenon Superintendent Brad Silvus said. Silvus said they learned both what went well for those districts and what Greenon should avoid.
EXTRA: Greenon schools officials tour other sites for new building ideas
Input from the community is a top priority as the district plans for construction, 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.
By the Numbers:
$36 million: Bond Greenon voters approved in 2017 for a new school
$18 million: Amount state will contribute to the new schools
$50 million: New total cost of the school after Greenon saved money refinancing bonds
The Springfield News-Sun has provided the best coverage of the Greenon school building project, tracking developments every step of the way, including examining the state of the current buildings, attending community forums, talking to opponents and digging into what the new building might look like.