Northeastern superintendent: School construction sites continue to progress

Credit: Bill Lackey

Credit: Bill Lackey

School construction projects in the Northeastern Local Schools continue to progress, the district’s superintendent says.

The district is building new campuses for Northeastern and Kenton Ridge, spending $42 million on the Northeastern site and $57 million on the Kenton Ridge building.

The Northeastern site is expected to open this fall and the Kenton Ridge site is anticipated to open in 2023.

Superintendent John Kronour said construction at the Northeastern site has “really ramped up and is progressing quickly.”

A lot has been happening inside the building, Kronour said, including windows installed, primer and the first coat of paint is up on most of the walls and has continued throughout the building, and cabinets and floors have been installed.

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“Ahead of the holiday break, prep work for the terrazzo flooring in the main commons area outside of the high school gymnasium and theater was underway, and the media center (IMC) was starting to get framed out,” Kronour said.

At the Kenton Ridge site, construction is “well underway.”

“The concrete slabs have been poured, gas lines installed, metal framing has gone up, and most of the work is taking place inside the facility,” Kronour said. “The exterior brick veneer continues to be installed along the north wall area, which is the kitchen and food services area, student dining, stage and gymnasium.”

Kronour added that both the interior and exterior masonry walls have been complete in various areas throughout the building, and a pitched roof structure has been installed on the third floor.

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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 construction projects are roughly $4 million under budget. The extra funds can be used toward additional projects to the buildings once they are complete.

Voters approved a 37-year, $79 million bond issue for two new PreK-12 facilities in May 2018. In addition, 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.

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