July 7, 2011 (COLUMBUS) The Ohio School Facilities Commission (OSFC) has approved funding for facility construction projects in 13 school districts across Ohio. The projects represent nearly $543 million in work, to be financed by a combination of state and local funding. The action came at the Commission’s July 7th meeting.
OSFC Executive Director Richard M. Hickman said the approvals offered two potential benefits to the 13 local communities: “This is a critical step in addressing the facilities needs within these districts. This agency is committed to assisting these districts in educating children, by providing buildings that are student centered learning environments that enhance our children’s future.” Hickman added that, “There is also a significant economic impact attached to today’s Commission action – the construction work generate by this project could translate into both job opportunities for local residents and increased purchases of goods and services from local businesses.”
The funding awards are contingent upon State Controlling Board approval. The districts must acquire their local share of the project budget within a one-year time frame before the state funding can be released.
(Click here for a list of the districts funded)