Former South High given new life with grant

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (WDTN) –Springfield’s South High School has been out of commission for the past five years, but an $11 million grant is looking to breathe new life into the building.

The Springfield City School District announced yesterday it had won an $11.3 million grant from the State of Ohio. That grant will go toward the renovation of South High School, and moving several academies and programs into the building.

Dr. David Estrop, Superintendent of Springfield City Schools, says he has been working on getting this grant for more than 5 years now, and he’s excited to see the area grow with life.

“We think this will just be one more reason for that whole area to begin to grow once again” Dr. Estrop said.

The grant will help house the Global Impact Stem Academy, internship programs for high school students, and community programs which will assist members of the community in attaining their GED.

We asked Dr. Estrop how the $11 million would be allocated.

“A good share of the money is on facility renovation. The space is there, but it needs to be renovated,” Estrop added, “And we could renovate this space cheaper than what we could build new, and that was one of the major cost savers.”

Dr. Estrop seemed enthusiastic on Tuesday afternoon toward the Global Impact Stem School. He says the academy is geared toward 9th and 10th grade students with a focus on agriculture, biology and science. Dr. Estrop added that the academy is hands-on, and a new way of innovating how students learn in the classroom.

The building must be ready by Fall of 2015. The current academy’s location has run out of room.

Overall, Dr. Estrop says that more than 5,000 people will be positively impacted by the grant in its first year.

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