Franklin Elementary School
Franklin Elementary School

State funds will help Ohio district build two elementary schools

Nov. 29, 2021
The Ohio Facilities Construction Commission is allocating $15 million for construction in the Massillon City district.

The Massillon City (Ohio) school district is receiving nearly $15 million from the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission to help pay for two new elementary schools. 

The funding will enable the district to replace three elementary schools that range in age from 65 to 82 years old, reports The Massillon Independent

 Under the plan, the district will contribute $29,807,375 of its own funds to construct two pre-kindergarten through third grades schools — one on the city's west side and the other on the east side.

The existing elementary buildings do not have adequate space for modern instruction. The facilities also are not energy efficient, and cannot handle the growing demands of technology, officials say. Renovating the schools would have been too costly.

A location for the new schools has not been determined, but officials say the schools will be built on district-owned property. Land is available at the middle school, high school and the former Bowers Elementary site.

Each school is estimated to have a capacity of about 650 students. 

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