Tuesday, January 28, 2003

Health care facility part of school plan

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.

E-mail jmrozowski@enquirer.com

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