Northmont City Schools’ new $25 million Early Learning Center is on schedule to open in the fall of 2014, officials said.
The building, which is adjacent to the Kleptz YMCA will house the district’s preschool through first grade students.
The total project costs the district $25 million, which includes $20 million in construction costs.
“This is a Northmont and Ohio Facilities Construction Commission shared project,” said Bob McClintock, the district’s administrator of construction. “OFCC is putting in 47 percent and we’re putting in 53 percent. The construction dollars for the most part are shared.”
The school district is able to pay for the center, which will be located at 1100 W. National Road, with funding from a 5.9 mill-bond issue that voters passed in November of 2011.
“We have six elementary schools that are K-6. When we’re done with this building, we will have five elementary schools with grades 2-6,” McClintock said.
The district will be closing O.R. Edgington Elementary, 515 N. Main St., at the end of the 2013-14 school year. “We’re going to be closing that and trying to sell it. If not, we will demolish it,” McClintock said. The school was built in the 1920s.
McClintock added that Edgington, which had 495 students enrolled this school year, could be offered to municipalities or be put up for auction.
Beth Wyandt, principal at Englewood Elementary, will become the center’s new principal.
Right now when motorists drive by the center on National Road, they will see the walls of the auditorium being built.
“They are doing that first. That’s the highest part of the building,” McClintock said. “So they can start bringing in steel structure to start laying up high for the roof.”
The district also is preparing for its new high school, which is being built at the location of the existing high school, 4916 W. National Road in Clayton District officials held a groundbreaking ceremony in May for the new high school, which is scheduled to open in the fall of 2015, said Jenny Wood, district spokeswoman.
The new high school also is being funded as a result of the bond issue that was passed in November of 2011.