Published: Tuesday, November 7, 2006
Architects hired to develop plan for building upgrades
OSFC will provide a percentage of funding to renovate or build new facilities.
NEW MIDDLETOWN Springfield Board of Education has hired an area architectural firm to help the school district develop a master plan for the proposed building/renovation project.
Olsavsky Jaminet Architects, a Youngstown-based firm, will work with the school district and the Ohio Schools Facilities Commission to evaluate the district's buildings to determine what work needs to be done to upgrade the facilities.
The board hired the firm at a Monday morning meeting.
"Right now the board has only discussed the need to retain the architect and taken the step to do that," explained Edward Sobnosky, district treasurer. "But we don't know just what all work will be involved or how much it will cost. The work will involve evaluating the buildings to determine whether they should be remodeled or whether the district should construct new [buildings]."
Springfield is one of several area school districts considering working with the OSFC to upgrade its facilities.
OSFC typically provides a percentage of the overall cost of either renovate school buildings or construct new facilities. The remainder of the funding would likely come from district residents.
Sobnosky said Springfield is due to receive financial assistance from the state next year. Based on the district's current financial need, if Springfield were to work with the OSFC, the state would kick in 65 percent of the overall cost to renovate current buildings or build new ones.