Greenon slated to begin steel work on second floor of new school

Construction continues on the new Greenon School located behind Indian Valley School Thursday. BILL LACKEY/STAFF
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Construction continues on the new Greenon School located behind Indian Valley School Thursday. BILL LACKEY/STAFF

Construction crews will begin working on the second floor of Greenon Local Schools new $50 million kindergarten through 12th grade school complex in the coming weeks.

In a video about the schools construction progress posted on Greenon Local School’s Facebook page, Brad Silvus, Superintendent of Greenon Local School District, said crews are currently working on the main office area of the building.

“They are also working to finish up the underground stuff for our kitchen area and also the main electrical box area, where all the electric will come into the facility,” Silvus said.

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Silvus said crews will then begin working on the steel for the second floor of the building in the upcoming weeks.

Earlier this year, crews began laying foundations as well as some other underground work, Silvus said previously. Ground was broken for the school in September of 2018.

Greenon gave the public their first look at their new school plans in late March at a school board meeting. Summit Construction and SHP Leading Design gave a presentation about the school progress as well as showed a 3D rendering video walk through of the new school.

Voters approved a $36 million bond issue to build the new school by 500 votes in May of 2017. The 6.98-mil bond costs a taxpayer who owns a $100,000 property in the district about $20 a month. The state will pick up $18 million of the costs through the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission.

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

The new school will be for all students in the district, but will be divided so that students of different age groups won’t intermingle.

One pod will house the center of the building, the other is for elementary age students in grades kindergarten through sixth and the third pod will house remaining students.

Both student sections will have their own media centers, libraries and special education classrooms. However, only the pod for high school students will have classrooms designed for agricultural and business education.

The center of the building, or the “core” as it’s referred to in floor plans, is where students, teachers and parents will enter the building. The core will also be where the dinning area, gym and music spaces will be located.

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