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Building Better Dreams Building Program

Sandusky City Schools completed the $70 million 'Building Better Dreams Facilities Project' in January 2022. As a result of this facilities project, three brand new state-of-the-art elementary schools opened their doors to students. Sandusky Intermediate School (3rd through 6th grade) and Sandusky Primary School (1st and 2nd grade) opened their doors in the Fall of 2021, and the Sandusky Early Learning Academy (Preschool and Kindergarten) opened in January 2022.  This project would not have been possible without the support of the entire Sandusky community. Check out photos of each building project below.

Sandusky City Schools is committed to Building Better Dreams and is dedicated to the renovation and renewal of district facilities. Recent updates have included major updates to the SHS Auditorium, Room 300 and 301 at SMS, SMS and SHS Science Labs update, Sidney Frohman Planetarium upgrades, upgraded windows at SHS, and renovations to the new Sandusky Career Center (previously Venice Heights Elementary School).

The next largest facilities project the district will be undertaking in partnership with the Sandusky Education Foundation is the Sandusky Aquatic Center project. Sandusky City Schools Swimming Program celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2022 and the current pool is deteriorating quickly. In collaboration with Sandusky City Schools, the Sandusky Education Foundation is raising funds to build a new aquatic center at the high school for the next 100 years of Blue Streaks swimming. This facility will be utilized for school district athletics, aquatic programs, 3rd grade swim lessons for all SCS students, and for community programs.

The new Sandusky Aquatic Center is an amazing opportunity for our community for recreation and aquatic health classes as well as swimming lessons and water safety skills. The district is committed to implementing a required swimming course for 3rd grade students, and additional programming for students of all ages.

Jim Hart, Sandusky Education Foundation Board Chair, reports “In 2020, Ohio ranked fourth in the nation for childhood drownings. Knowing how to swim is important no matter where a child lives, but especially here on Lake Erie.  Through learn to swim programs offered at the new aquatic center, we can ensure our kids stay safe in the water.”  The foundation has raised about 80% of the necessary funds and hopes to finish the campaign in 2022 and construction to begin in early 2023.

The Sandusky Aquatic Center Project is a collaborative effort between Sandusky City Schools, the Sandusky Education Foundation, and donors who strongly believe in the benefits of aquatic education and programs. The goal of this project is to transform the current single pool at Sandusky High School into a warm water training pool and to construct an additional competition pool. The current goal is to open this facility in 2024.

Be sure to check back frequently for updates on the Sandusky Aquatic Center!

To make a donation to the Sandusky Aquatic Center, please contact Barb Hanck by phone at 419-370-3770, by email at [email protected] or by mail at Sandusky Education Foundation, 135 E. Washington Row, Sandusky, OH 44870

Sandusky Aquatic Center

Important Terminology

ADA - Americans with Disabilities Act
A/E - Architect/Engineer
CD - Construction Documents
CMR - Construction Manager at Risk
DD - Design Development
ELA - Extended Learning Area
GMP - Guaranteed Maximum Price
LEED - Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design
LFI - Locally Funded Initiative
OFCC - Ohio Facilities Construction Commission
OSDM - Ohio School Design Manual
POR - Program of Requirements
SCS - Sandusky City Schools
SD - Schematic Design
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