NORTH RIDGEVILLE — The school district is one step closer to funding for its proposed new school buildings.
The State Controlling Board approved funding Wednesday for the Expedited Local Partnership Program facilities master plans, which includes North Ridgeville’s.
The school was approved for more than $24 million. Voters will vote on a bond issue in November to help pay for the three planned new facilities.
“It is great news that North Ridgeville will receive the needed credit to push forward with important projects that will promote better outcomes in the classroom,” said state Sen. Nathan Manning, R-North Ridgeville, in a news release. “When it comes to our students and school facilities, we must not delay in allocating resources to provide the best education possible.”
The Expedited Local Partnership Program is part of the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission. The commission performed an assessment on the district’s buildings and entered into an agreement on a facilities master plan.
On June 18, North Ridgeville school board approved putting a bond issue on the ballot in November. It would cost residents about $22 per month for $100,000 in home value.
The master plan would include a new kindergarten-through-third-grade building, replacing Liberty Elementary School, a new high school that would include a performing arts center and a new maintenance and transportation facility.
The total cost of the two schools would be $132.4 million, which includes a 10 percent increase for market changes.
Liberty’s replacement building would cost about $47 million; a new high school would cost an estimated $82 million and demolitions would cost about $2.9 million.
No cost is planned out for the transportation building, because it would fall under certificate of participation funding, a tax-exempt lease funding agreement.