Wednesday, October 24, 2001

Paired schools favored

By Gina Buccino
Enquirer Contributor

        LEBANON — Information gathered so far by Lebanon school officials shows community support to locate the planned new high school and elementary school on the same Drake Road site, north of the Miller Road bypass.

        Superintendent Bill Sears said Tuesday that based on results this month from a community forum and a public tour of the 84-acre Drake Road site, residents prefer it to a smaller, 40-acre site next to the existing high school on Ohio 48.

        But Mr. Sears said the public will get a last chance to express preferences for a location when Strategic Visioning Inc. conducts a telephone survey next week.

        Mr. Sears said the Drake Road site can accommodate both the high school and an elementary school. If the community favored the 40-acre site for the high school, the elementary school would have been located at another site.

        The new high school will be built to accommodate 1,400 students (current enrollment is 1,175), expandable to 1,600 students. It will be designed by architects from the firm SFA-BHOP. The target date for completion is August 2004 for both schools.

        The superintendent said $32 million has been projected for the high school and $14.7 million for the elementary school, with funds already secured through bond issue.

        The elementary school will be built to accommodate 1,000 students and will be designed by the firm Voorhis, Sloan, Crossand and Welch.

        Mr. Sears said the final decision for the site of the schools needs to be finalized by mid-November so architects can present designs for the buildings by January.


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