For Immediate Release
May 1, 2009

671st Commission-sponsored building opens

May 1, 2009 (COLUMBUS) The May 5th dedication of the Covedale Elementary School in Cincinnati will mark the 671st time a new or renovated building has been occupied under the programs administered by the Ohio School Facilities Commission.

The Commission was established in 1997 and administers the state’ school building and renovation program. OSFC Executive Director Michael Shoemaker said the 671 occupancies reflected the Commission’s progress through the end of March of this year. He stated “Ohio’s commitment to 21st-century educational facilities for all of our school children has set the standard for the entire nation. The astounding rate and quality of construction make these buildings a source of pride and satisfaction for our partners – the local school district and its community.”

Shoemaker went on to note that the 671 buildings are located in 241 districts spread across the state and have an estimated occupancy of nearly 375,000 students. In 147 districts of those districts, all identified facilities work has been completed for all Kindergarten through Grade 12 students.

In addition to the completed buildings, there are currently 165 buildings under construction with another 178 facilities in active design.

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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