By Jennifer Mrozowski
The Cincinnati Enquirer
A community health care provider intends to pay to construct a school-based health center at the new Rockdale Academy, scheduled to open in fall of 2004.The Cincinnati school board on Monday approved the project schedule and estimated cost for the Avondale school, which will be the first public school built in the district in two decades.
The partnership is the first of many the district hopes to secure in schools built as part of the district's $1 billion construction plan.
Cost to build the school is estimated at $16.4 million, but that does not include cost for about 3,200 square feet of additional space for the health center.
"The community really needs to have some community medicine in it, especially a health center dedicated to serving low-income families," said Terry Schoenling, vice president of operations for Neighborhood Health Care, Inc. a Mount Auburn-based provider.
The nonprofit health care company is negotiating with the district to pay between $425,000 to $450,000 for the space, Mr. Schoenling said. The community has raised about $180,000 of that to help defray the costs, he said.
'GREAT NEIGHBORHOODS' SERIES
Complete guide to Blue Ash
TOP LOCAL HEADLINES
Butler Co., N.Ky. vie for FedEx unit
Krings' contract bypassed auditor
Schools will lose if taxes don't rise
New test of heart risk gains ground
PULFER: Guilty by reason of wealth?
RADEL: I'm getting used to the white stuff
AROUND THE TRISTATE
Seeking Tristate connections overseas
Record cold doesn't stop river traffic
Newport man jailed in Clermont slaying
Lawmakers ready to spin Bush speech
WTC searchers to get screening
Tristate A.M. Report
Obituary: Laddie Snyder founded business
Good News: Heroes in war against cancer
Wooly mammoths find new home
Portune sets deadline for NFL
Sharonville near deal on skating rink
Health care facility part of school plan
Police uncover officer's dark side
Judge: Courts not lax on perjury
Middletown tries to stave off budget deficit
Milford schools to cut $1.5M if levy fails
Ohio Bicentennial Moment: Inventor celebrated as 'Black Edison'
Bald eagles' numbers grow
Fireman accused of murder in wreck
NKU freezes hiring
Election in new district is today
N.Ky. schools to close for rally against cuts
Parents want to keep A.J. Jolly running
I-75 stretch to close overnight
Newport man charged in homicide
Patton's ex-cabinet leader to run
Speeding violation nabs 2 jail escapees
2 suspected of mail theft