April 17, 2017
The Sandusky City Schools has embarked upon a 70 million dollar Facilities project that will build three new elementary schools, and make significant upgrades to the high school science labs, auditorium, pool, and the Sidney Frohman Planetarium. The Facilities project is the result of the recently passed bond issue in which Sandusky voters approved Issue 12 at a 57% passage rate. The state of Ohio is contributing 64% to the building cost of the project. Since the passage of the bond issue in November, 2016, the district has been awarded a successful bond rating by Moody’s Investors Services of Chicago and has hosted community forums designed to inform our parents and local business, faith-based and service-based agencies of the progress of the Facilities project.
Additionally, the district hired Lesko Architects of Westlake, Ohio as the lead architectural engineers for the project, and the Gilbane-Ozanne Construction Management firm of Cleveland, Ohio was hired to lead the construction of the new schools. Both firms have extensive experience building schools in Ohio and have high ratings from the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission. The district also hired John Feick, of Feick Design Group of Sandusky, Ohio as the owner’s representative for the project. The owner’s representative serves as a local quality control effort to ensure that all elements of the construction project meet the high standards set by the Board of Education.
Several key decisions have been made that are important to Sandusky residents:
The district will design all three elementary buildings at the same time. We will first build two of the three buildings to open in the fall of 2019, followed by the third building, which is scheduled to open in January, 2021. This building schedule will allow for easier transition of students for our families, eliminate the cost of portable classrooms, and permit savings to be reinvested in the building plan.
- The 1st and 2nd grade building (on the Ontario site) and the 3rd-6th grade building (on the former Memorial Hospital site), are scheduled to open for the beginning of the 2019-2020 school year.
- The Preschool-Kindergarten building (on the Hancock site) is scheduled to open in January, 2021.
Building Transition Plan
One of the challenges that comes with a major construction project for schools is determining the transition space for students and faculty while new buildings are being constructed. There are three impacted schools for the project: Hancock, Ontario, and the Sandusky Digital Academy (currently located at the former Adams Junior High School).
- Ontario school students and faculty will be temporarily housed in the Adams Building for a two year period.
- Hancock school students and faculty will remain in their building for the next two years.
- The Preschool-Kindergarten students and faculty will be housed in the Mills Elementary School building at the start of the 2019-2020 school year.
- The Sandusky Digital Academy will be temporarily housed in a portion of the former Jackson Junior High School starting this fall for a two-year period.
- Grades 1-6 will be housed in new facilities during the 2019-2020 school year. For more information or if you have a question, please contact Dr. Sanders at [email protected]