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Crestview awarded state funding for new school building

NEW WATERFORD — Crestview Local has been awarded state funding for its new school building.

The Ohio Facilities Construction Commission (OFCC) Thursday announced the approval of $55,643,416 for the district’s projected pre-K through 12 building. The total cost of the project is estimated at $63.23 million, with a local share of $7,587,738.

The project had been in the planning phases prior to COVID-19. At that point, the state put the funding for such projects on hold.

Crestview voters passed the 2.84 mill levy for the new construction in May of 2019, which was to cover $5.2 million of the $43 million project. The Ohio Schools Facility Construction Commission was to cover 88 percent of the project.

As the pandemic began, Crestview continued to work with architects from Holabird and Root and BSHM to design the project. A new waterline to the school was built and now brings the school water from New Waterford.

Funds are starting to come into the building fund this year.

“Crestview is in need of this new facility and its impact will be deeply felt throughout the community. This investment will ensure that students have a state of the art, safe, and flexible learning environment that will bring about academic excellence for generations to come,” said state Rep. Tim Ginter in a written statement.

“OFCC’s action today supports student success in local communities across the state,” said Governor Mike DeWine said in a press release. “The investments being made in these schools will create safe, modern, and flexible learning environments that promote opportunities for academic excellence and prepare students for a successful future.”

“The condition of school facilities impact student achievement, as well as teacher engagement and satisfaction,” said OFCC Executive Director Cheryl J. Lyman. “[The school] will be designed and constructed using best practices and last for generations.”

Funding awards are contingent upon State Controlling Board approval.

The OFCC oversees many capital projects taken on by state agencies to improve public facilities throughout Ohio.

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