March 23, 2012 (COLUMBUS) The Ohio School Facilities Commission (OSFC) recognized the decade-long facilities construction and renovation work of the Dayton Public School District at the Commission March 22, 2012 meeting. Dayton Public Schools recently opened its 26th and final building under the Commission’s Classroom Facilities Assistance program, making it the first of the state’s six urban districts to complete its OSFC-funded program.
Commission members and OSFC Executive Director Richard Hickman commended the district for the dedication and professionalism of its staff and administration and the commitment of its community to the future of their children's education. Director Hickman stated, “It has been a privilege for this Commission to work with the Dayton Public Schools and their staff. The focused approach this district has taken to making certain that the results of this project enhance the education of children is very inspiring. They have truly been great partners.” Hickman went on to note “the quality and professionalism of the trade contractors involved in the project. Because of them, this project was truly a success.”
“Our partnership with the Ohio School Facilities Commission has been a true success story. We appreciate your support and collaboration over the last ten years to create the exceptional schools our students deserve,” said DPS Superintendent Lori L. Ward. “Dayton’s school construction project has been a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to provide bright, welcoming, technology-rich teaching and learning environments that prepare our students for college and careers.”
Dayton was one of six urban districts approved for funding in 2002 through the Accelerated Urban Initiative in the Commission’s Classroom Facilities Assistance program. The cost of the work completed under the state-local project budget, once financial reconciliation has been completed, is likely to exceed $433 million. In addition, the district added a number of enhanced features with their own funding, bringing the total cost of the project to nearly $627 million. The district incorporated environmentally-friendly design features into many of the buildings, receiving national certification from the U.S. Green Building Council for four buildings with certification requests pending for an additional seven buildings.
After viewing a video that highlights the buildings with commentary from students, teachers, and community leaders, the Commission presented a resolution to Dayton Public Schools Superintendent Ward and Dayton Board of Education President Ronald Lee. Certificates of appreciation were awarded to Superintendent Ward, Treasurer Stan Lucas, and John Carr, Chief Construction Officer for Dayton Public Schools. Also receiving certificates were OSFC Project Administrator Todd Hager and OSFC Planning Director Glenn Rowell.