Increased estimated construction costs gave the Elyria Board of Education sticker shock in March, when their $124 million plan for consolidating 11 elementary and middle schools into five buildings ballooned to $135 million.
The subsequent news that the board might alter the plan by eliminating two of those buildings and building only three new campus-style buildings on the city's west, east and north sides was met with community backlash.
Citizens told the board they voted in November 2016 to approve local funding for a five-school plan, and demanded that promise be fulfilled. That meant staying committed to building at least one new school on the city's south side.
The Ohio Facilities Construction Commission gave the district the good news in May: They could keep the five-school plan as long as they reduced the size and sped up the timeline for the construction of the new schools.
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