Urbana schools secure millions in funding for construction

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URBANA, Ohio (WDTN) – The Urbana City School District can now move ahead with plans to build a new school thanks to millions in state funding.

The Ohio School Facilities Commission approved $36.9-million in funding for school construction work within the district.

The funding, along with another $23.6 million from the district, will allow it to build a new elementary-middle school. It will house pre-kindergarten through eighth grade students.

A new high school will house ninth grade through 12th.

“This is a critical step in ensuring that the children in the Urbana district are in facilities that help support academic achievement,” said OSFC Executive Director Richard Hickman. “There is also a significant economic impact attached to today’s Commission action, the construction work generated by this project could translate into both job opportunities for local residents and increased purchases of goods and services from local businesses.”

School districts are required to raise their share of the pot within 13 months of receiving the grant money.

Urbana is one of 13 schools across the state that received the funding.

 

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