With approval of a bond issue to build new schools on Tuesday, May 8, NELSD voters maintained a tradition of uniting for the children of our community. Residents generously decided to invest in the future of their schools and their children.
With this bond issue, the district will partner with the state to build two new preschool through 12th grade facilities, one on land adjacent to the current South Vienna property and the other behind Kenton Ridge. The state of Ohio, through the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission, will contribute $41 million toward new schools for NELSD students. We anticipate that the new buildings will open in 2021.
There are many options for what will happen to our current buildings once they are no longer in use. No decisions have been made, but the board will begin investigating possibilities. These buildings - Northeastern High School, Kenton Ridge High School, Northridge Elementary/Middle School, South Vienna Elementary/Middle School and Rolling Hills Elementary - have served this community well for many years. Many cherished memories and beloved traditions have been made in these schools. We value the rich history of these buildings and look forward to finding ways to honor these schools in the new facilities.
The Board of Educational and administrative team have already begun working on this important step forward for our district. We recognize and appreciate that voters approved the bond issue to invest in NELSD kids and the schools they attend every day. We’re committed to ensuring that investment makes the biggest impact possible through durable school facilities that:
Come in on time and on budget
Support high-quality learning for all students
Enhance safety and security
Are a source of pride for the entire community
In order to accomplish this, it’s important that community members are at the table as we make decisions about the new school facilities. During the development of the facilities master plan, the Board engaged the community through surveys and community meetings to gather input from community members. We plan to continue inviting community members to share their thoughts and ideas throughout the design process.
However you voted on May 8, we consider you an important part of our community. NELSD schools belong to the community and residents are an integral part of designing a facility that reflects the values and priorities of the entire Northeastern school district. Whether you’re a Cougar, a Jet, or a little of both, NELSD pride is district-wide. We hope that all community members will be part of the exciting process of building our future together.
John P. Kronour, Ph.D.