ELIDA — The Elida Elementary School project, currently under construction, will grow by four classrooms.
The Elida school board Tuesday night approved the change order, adding $724,681.22 to the cost of the project. The changes will have to be approved by the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission.
The change order has already been reviewed by the architectural company, Garmann Miller; the superintendent and treasurer and the OFCC project manager.
“When we went into it, we were trying to get as much classroom space we could,” said Joel Mengerink, Elida schools superintendent. “The bids came back very well on bid day and that’s allowed us to take some of that extra money that we had and add on to give us four extra classrooms. We did have an area over the kindergarten wing on the second level and it didn’t have classrooms and so that’s where those classrooms will now go. So it will look like a two-level building all the way around.”
Peterson Construction Co., the general contractor of the project will build the classrooms, adding 5,928 square feet to the new elementary school.
Board members got a chance to tour the new school construction site prior to its regular meeting.
“My, it’s going up so quickly,” said Brenda Stocker, board member. “They’re so efficient to the way they take wings and then, of course, the gym is very impressive as well.”
In May 2018, Elida district voters approved a 2.8 mill bond and a .50 mill levy to construct a new building. The 30-year bonds total $17.9 million. The district received $18.1 million in tax credits from the State of Ohio toward the project which will reduce the overall cost of the project to $30.7 million.
A groundbreaking ceremony was held on Sept. 8 of last year.
Students should be in the new building right after Labor Day of 2021.
The new building will house students in preschool through the fifth grade.
During the board meeting, Mengerink indicated they’ll have a mask policy in place by the next board meeting. He indicated that a mask will be required for all teachers and staff and strongly urged for students in grades three through 12. If Allen County is still at a Level 3 (or Red), masks will be mandatory for everybody.
School starts on Aug. 11.
Reach Sam Shriver at 567-242-0409.