Officials say the new high school in the Olentangy district will have a design similar to Orange High above Olentangy Local School District

Officials say the new high school in the Olentangy district will have a design similar to Orange High (above).

Ohio district begins work on 4th high school

Olentangy district needs another high school to accommodate steady enrollment growth.

The Olentangy (Ohio) district has begun construction of its fourth high school.

District officials held a groundbreaking ceremony this week at the site of the yet-to-be named high school in Berlin Township.

Funding for the $69.6 million project comes from a ballot request approved by voters in March 2016.

Olentangy, about 20 miles north of Columbus, needs a fourth high school to relieve crowding at the Olentangy, Liberty and Orange high schools. The new 303,000-square-foot high school will be similar in design to Orange High School, district leaders say.

Officials say Olentangy is the fastest-growing district in Ohio. Enrollment projections show that the three existing high schools — which are designed to hold a total of 4,800 students — will have 6,600 students by the 2018-2019 school year.

Construction of the new school is expected to be completed in time for the 2018-2019 school year. 

The architect is Fanning/Howey Associates, and Gilbane Building Company is the construction manager.

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