With State money on hold due to budget issues, the Valley View Board of Education has approved steps to help the school move forward with planned school facility construction projects.
In a special board meeting on October 19, the Board of Education approved a resolution for the school to apply to change its standing with the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission (OFCC) to an Expedited Local Partnership Program. This change will allow the school to move forward with spending its 40% of funds raised by approval of the last school bond issue.
“There was no way to predict that COVID would cause the State to postpone providing their 60% of our construction funding. This change with the OFCC helps us move forward and make a lot of progress while we wait for Ohio to budget the rest of the money,” said Valley View Superintendent Ben Richards. “We can start creating the architectural plans, hiring the builder and even construct the new high school--all before the rest of the money comes in. We would be spending our 40%, raised by the bond issue.”
In addition, the Board has approved the purchase of the Phillips property, which includes the house next to the current high school.
“We will initially use the house as our construction headquarters,” Richards noted. “One big cost of long-term construction projects is the rental of a construction trailer. The architects we have consulted have said that cost could run more than $100,000. By using the Phillips house, we can be good stewards of taxpayer funds and end the project with a resource that we can repurpose after the project is complete.”
The Phillips property will also increase the district’s road frontage on Farmersville-Germantown Pike, providing better access to the Weaver property where the new schools will be constructed.
In the board meeting Richards shared a preliminary timeline of the projects, which included design and planning January 2021 through spring, breaking ground in the fall of 2021 and opening a new high school in fall 2023. When the OFCC releases its 60% of funding, the school will begin building the rest of the planned facilities.