For Immediate Release
July 28, 2008

Commission approves funding

July 28, 2008 (COLUMBUS) The Ohio School Facilities Commission (OSFC) today announced that it approved school construction and renovation projects of more than $1.9 billion in 40 school districts.

The projects will be financed by a combination of state and local funding. The state portion of the project will come from the proceeds from tobacco securitization financing. This funding, initiated by Governor Ted Strickland and approved by the Ohio General Assembly, provided more than $4.1 billion to fund school facilities projects. Local funding is required before the projects can start.

"The school building improvements approved today will make a tremendous difference for students, teachers and local communities," said OSFC Executive Director Michael C. Shoemaker. “The Commission’s action reflects the state’s commitment to ensuring that our children have school facilities that support their education and provide an environment that helps them to succeed academically.”

In 2007, the Ohio School Facilities Commission adopted the LEED for Schools Green Building Rating System™ as part of its school design standards. Created by the non-profit U.S. Green Building Council, LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is a widely used benchmark for the design and construction of energy efficient and environmentally conscious buildings. According to Shoemaker, “The LEED criteria have been shown to have a positive effect on student health, attendance, and performance. While the state is sharing in the cost of the upfront construction, the benefits of these green schools– including energy savings – stay in the school districts participating in our programs.”

The Ohio School Facilities Commission administers the state’s comprehensive Kindergarten through 12th Grade public school construction program. The agency helps school districts fund, plan, design, and build new or renovated schools. OSFC is responsible for the administration of several programs including the Classroom Facilities Assistance Program (CFAP), Vocational Facilities Assistance Program (VFAP) and the Exceptional Needs Program (ENP).

Districts with Facilities Plans approved

Classroom Facilities Assistance Program

(School District, County)

Carey EVSD, Wyandot

Clay LSD, Scioto

Crestline EVSD, Crawford

Crestwood LSD, Portage

Eastwood LSD, Wood

Edgerton LSD, Williams

Edgewood CSD, Butler

Fostoria CSD, Seneca

Franklin-Monroe LSD, Darke

Hillsdale LSD, Ashland

Huber Heights CSD, Montgomery

Jefferson Township LSD, Montgomery

Lake LSD, Stark

Leipsic LSD, Putnam

Louisville CSD, Stark

Miami East LSD, Miami

Milton-Union EVSD, Miami

New Boston LSD, Scioto

North Baltimore LSD, Wood

North Central LSD, Williams

North Fork LSD, Licking

Northwest LSD, Stark

Ottawa-Glandorf LSD, Putnam

Pettisville LSD, Fulton

Russia LSD, Shelby

South Western CSD, Franklin

Tuslaw LSD, Stark

Tuscarawas Valley Local SD, Tuscarawas

Twin Valley Community LSD, Preble

Wellington EVSD, Lorain

Western Reserve LSD, Mahoning

Westfall LSD, Pickaway

Whitehall CSD, Franklin

Willard CSD, Huron

Xenia Community SD, Greene

Exceptional Needs Program:

Fremont CSD, Sandusky

Indian Creek LSD, Jefferson

Washington-Nile LSD, Scioto

Vocational Assistance Program:

Vantage Career Center, Van Wert

Wayne County JVSD, Wayne


About OFCC

Established in 1997, the Commission is responsible for administration of the state’s school construction and renovation program. The Commission is currently working with, or has completed all necessary work in, nearly two-thirds of the state’s 613 school districts.

On September 10, 2012, the Commission was consolidated with the Office of the State Architect to form the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission. The Ohio School Facilities Commission continues to exist as a separate commission within the new agency, focusing on funding Ohio’s comprehensive K-12 school construction program.

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Media contact: Rick Savors at 614.466.7746 or rick.savors@ofcc.ohio.gov