Student center

Construction of Rolling Hills student center hampered by rising costs

BYESVILLE — An increase in the cost of building materials and labor is forcing the local Rolling Hills School District to rethink design plans for a new student health and activity center.

“All bids submitted were above the estimated cost,” Rolling Hills Superintendent Scott Golec said. “So we will make some adjustments and we hope to restart the project in the near future.”

The estimated cost of construction, according to the district tender, was $5.1 million. The district received three bid proposals for the project.

“We are very optimistic about the ability to complete this project within budget,” added Rolling Hills Treasurer Kandi Raach.

The center will be built adjacent to Eugene Capers Field.

“It won’t just be a pitch,” Golec said. “There will be classrooms and other things that will be used by students.”

The student health and activity center will be supported by federal funds distributed through the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Program.

“No district money is used,” Golec said of the construction.

Of the federal funds available to schools, these dollars have the most flexibility, according to the Ohio Department of Education.

Funds may support any activity authorized under existing federal funds, such as Title I and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, expenditures directly related to the pandemic, or other activities that are necessary to maintain operation. service continuity.

In total, Ohio received $489.2 million in ESSER funds.

The district should release a diagram of the student health and activity center after adjustments are made by an architect.

The district’s other construction plan on campus south of Byesville is progressing “fantastically”, according to Golec.

“The process is very tedious,” Golec said of the design phase. “We have a core of people on this project and they are working very hard to make it a reality.”

The Ohio Facilities Construction Commission’s $43.8 million project involves renovating the current high school with the addition of a new wing to house Meadowbrook Middle School students in grades six through eight.

A second new structure will be attached to the high school building to house students from pre-kindergarten through fifth grade.

In total, approximately 1,582 students will be housed in the new complex.

“It’s going to be great for all of the students at Meadowbrook,” Golec said. “It’s becoming more of a reality with every meeting.”

The Ohio Facilities Construction Commission will fund $21,486,605 of the project while a donation from Apex Power Group, developer of the Guernsey power plant, will pay the balance.

“Between the state funding (OFCC) and the local agreement with the power plant, it’s costing the district next to nothing,” Rolling Hills board chairman Dennis Dettra previously said. The Daily Jeffersonian.

The consolidation should alleviate the district’s bus problems and allow teachers to collaborate at all levels, as they will be in one building.

“It will definitely improve the district in terms of education and it will make us much more efficient,” Dettra previously said.

The district will receive funds from Apex Power Group over a period of 20 years.

The $43.8 million project provides funding for the reduction or demolition of buildings at Brook, Secrest and Byesville elementary schools and the current middle school located adjacent to the high school.

“We are moving forward,” said an excited Golec.