Middletown (Ohio) district approves $10 million elementary school expansion

April 30, 2019
Board approves plan to add classrooms at Rosa Parks Elementary after rejecting earlier expansion proposal.

The Middletown (Ohio) district will spend $10 million to expand Rosa Parks Elementary School and help alleviate crowding.

The Dayton Daily News reports that the school board approved the school expansion plan three months after rejecting a different version proposed by Superintendent Marlon Styles Jr.

Styles proposed a revised school expansion plan earlier this month.

The $10 million project will add 13 classrooms at Rosa Parks by August 2021. MIddletown will pay for the expansion with funds that were left over from bonds that financed a new middle school and expanded high school,

The superintendent's initial plan called for expanding Central Academy and moving a grade from that elementary school.

In the new plan, Rosa Parks enrollment of 575 students will grow to 800 in 2021.

Styles says modernized learning strategies will require not only smaller classroom sizes, but also expanded learning spaces within existing elementaries.

District administrators say architectural and engineering studies of all seven MIddletown elementary schools showed Rosa Parks was the best campus site for expansion.

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