Northeastern holds groundbreaking ceremonies for new school buildings

Officials break ground for the new Northeastern School Friday. BILL LACKEY/STAFF
Officials break ground for the new Northeastern School Friday. BILL LACKEY/STAFF

Credit: Bill Lackey

Credit: Bill Lackey

Northeastern Local School District held groundbreaking ceremonies on Friday for their new preK through 12th grade schools.

The district is building news schools for Northeastern and Kenton Ridge. The Northeastern site is anticipated to open in the fall of 2022 and the Kenton Ridge site is anticipated to open in 2023, but will have a firmer open date as more progress is made.

“The passage of the bond issue in May of 2018 was a huge step forward for our students, staff and community. It’s been a challenge to get where we are today in acknowledging that these buildings are becoming reality,'' said Superintendent John Kronour. "Planning and redesigning, I believe, have made our project better. While we didn’t appreciate the delay on getting started, I’m excited to see the buildings coming out of the ground and to realize what a gift the taxpayers of our district has given to the students of our community for years to come.”

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A groundbreaking ceremony for both schools was originally scheduled for May, but was postponed to this month after Gov. Mike DeWine closed schools for the year in March as part of efforts to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

One of the new buildings will be located on the northeastern side of the district, adjacent to the current South Vienna school, and the other building will be on the property near the Kenton Ridge side. The total cost of the schools will be around $120 million, some of which will be funded by the state.

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Voters approved a 37-year, $79 million bond issue for two new PreK-12 facilities in May 2018. In addition to the bond, the state will contribute 40%, or $40 million, to the project through the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission, bringing the total cost of the two schools to nearly $120 million.

The community could not attend the ceremonies due to COVID-19, but they are available on the district’s Facebook page, YouTube page and website.

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