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Elyria Schools: Committees to present master plan to board Wednesday


ELYRIA — School board members will hear final recommendations of the district’s master plan at a public board meeting 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Elyria Administration Building, 42101 Griswold Road.

The plan is to discuss an overview of what the master plan committee and athletic complex committee would like to see and are recommending to board members for the district’s future facilities plan. Plans for the district’s elementary and middle school as well as football stadium will be discussed.

District spokeswoman Amy Higgins said she does not anticipate a vote Wednesday by board members to accept the recommendation, but the board will vote before the plans go to the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission in April. The state agency is co-funding the district’s master building plan, contributing an estimated 67 percent toward construction costs.

“So far the state is pleased on the progress of the meetings we are having and outplanning,” Higgins said. “It’s going well for the district.”

A bond issue has yet to go before voters — that will come in November — but the district is moving forward to gear up for the possibility of restructuring the district into new buildings and facilities throughout the city. The option that seems to be favored most by board members includes building four new elementary schools for kindergarten through fourth grade for $12.9 million each, one kindergarten-through-eighth grade campus-style building at the former Elyria West High School site for $32.8 million, and two new middle schools for fifth through eighth grades that would cost $15 million to $17 million each.

“That would come out to about $83 million the state is reinvesting in Elyria,” Higgins said. “Our expected local share with all of the locally funding initiatives is $60 million.”

The funds for a new athletic complex will be all local dollars. The conceptual idea is to build a multisport facility at Ely Stadium and the surrounding 55 acres that would make Elyria a contender for tournaments, playoff games and invitational events.

Higgins said the county auditor will set the millage for the bond issue in July.

The estimated cost for the issue is an additional $12 per month for a property valued at $100,000.

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