Have you wondered about the changes happening at the Obadiah Harris Athletic Facilty? Are you curious about the status of the two new elementary buildings? Here is some information about the changes you can expect to see developing over the summer. On May 2nd workers from two local construction companies: G & J Paving and D.E. Huddleston Construction, began work on the next phase of improvements at the Obadiah Harris Family Athletic Complex/Herrnstein Field. After securing funding to move forward with the construction of two new elementary schools in November 2015, the CCSD Board of Education approved the bid to construct pavilions on both the east and west sides of the stadium. The pavilions will include ticket booths, restrooms, and concessions. Additionally, parking areas will be added on the west side of the stadium along Stacey Road. When construction actually begins in 2017, a new 121,000 square foot elementary school, housing grades 3-6, will be built at Vine and Arch and a new K-2 school will be built on the site currently occupied by the Western Annex on Cherry Street.
As part of the stadium renovations, the cupola which was formerly perched atop Smith Middle School, will be preserved inside a new southern boundary of the stadium. A paved walkway will connect the home and visitors sides of the stadium, and an area will be set aside for an Alumni memorial area with future plans to honor Alumni at the southeast corner of the stadium. Architects are presently working with the district to develop plans for future incorporation into the site that may include paver walkways, benches, and memorial walls near the location of the cupola. Increased parking will eventually be added that will provide additional parking at both schools and the stadium.
The new pavilions and additional parking at the stadium will be complete in early August. A dedication ceremony will be scheduled and a ceremonial groundbreaking will be held prior to excavation at the sites of the new schools. Construction of the new schools is expected to be complete during the 2018-2019 school year. The district will continue to serve students at the Mt. Logan Building as part of the Mt. Logan Educational Center. The district anticipates the Mt. Logan Center will be able to be used for a variety of community programs in addition to Pre-School which may include, but not be limited to a satellite of the Chillicothe-Ross County Public Library, after school programs, a professional development center, recreational uses, and an additional site of the Chillicothe Alternative Pathway Academy (CAPA).
Over the course of the past few months members of the Educational Visioning Committee and the Executive Design Teams composed of teachers, administrators, board members, students, parents, and community members have met with architects and consultants to participate in this Educational Visioning process. At the conclusion of this process the designers will complete the initial schematic design as the district secures the Construction Manager at Risk who will oversee the construction of the new schools.
Names for the new schools have not been decided. Input from students, parents, community members, and alumni will be sought and information will be shared on the district’s website, facebook, and twitter pages. It is a GREAT time to be a Cavalier! If there are questions interested parties may contact the superintendent’s office at 740-775-4250 or by emailing Superintendent Jon Saxton at firstname.lastname@example.org.