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Oberlin Schools' new facility in planning stages


OBERLIN — Progress is being made on the planning of the school district’s new preschool-through-fifth-grade building, although the start date for construction has been pushed back several months.

The architect has been hired, bids are being taken to hire a project manager, and the district is seeking to establish committees to help plan the new school.

The new expected start is spring 2020 — a bit off the projected November 2019 start date that was first put forth — mostly due to the planning process, Superintendent David Hall said.

Hall said the immediate emphasis is putting together detailed plans to design and build the facility.

The school board in February hired ThenDesign Architecture to design the building. The floor plans that were shared last year were just a template created by the firm, Hall said, and specific plans will need more months to be drawn and approved.

The district is accepting bids for a project manager until April 1. The candidates will be narrowed to three, and the facilities committee will choose who will fill the role April 27.

Oberlin Schools also is creating five committees — facilities, design, sustainability, educational programming and student and family support — to help with planning for the new facility. Hall said the entire school community should be involved in the process, with faculty, students, parents, community members and other individuals serving on the committees.

The facility is expected to have state-of-the-art security measures, science and math centers and open classroom spaces for collaborative learning.

It will be funded through the district’s 4.8-mill, 37-year bond issue that voters passed in November. The bond issue will generate $17.8 million.

This is the first phase of a long-range plan to create a preschool-through-12th-grade campus by replacing Eastwood and Prospect elementary schools with the new building. Another bond issue, which most likely will be on the ballot in 2022, will have to be sought to pay for a new building for sixth through 12th grades.

For more information on the facility project and for monthly updates, visit

Contact Bruce Walton at (440) 329-7123 or Follow him on Facebook @BWalton440 or Twitter @BruceWalton.

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