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United lines up funds for new campus

HANOVERTON — The United Local school district has secured funding for a new campus.

The Ohio Facilities Construction Commission (OFCC) has approved $28,970,346 for the district to build a new campus for grades pre-kindergarten through 12. The district will be responsible for $20,131,935.

United is participating in OFCC’s Classroom Facilities Assistance Program (CFAP). Funding awards are contingent upon State Controlling Board approval and the district has raised its local share for the project.

The project includes retaining the auditorium and gymnasium as well as the adjoining three-story wing, the Brautigam Center and the 2004 elementary addition, which will serve as administrative offices and a pre-school facility.

The state funding is being combined with the taxes being collected from the Nexus Pipeline that runs through the district and includes a compression station located within the district. The local share has been generated through the pipeline taxes and bonds sold to local investors.

Kimberly Murnieks, director of the Ohio Office of Budget and Management and Commission chair, shared the importance of projects such as United’s to the state of Ohio.

“Public construction projects create thousands of jobs in the Buckeye State, including opportunities for architects, engineers, contractors, and material suppliers,” she said. “Work on these school projects will help strengthen the state’s economy while supporting educational excellence.”

khowell@salemnews.net

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