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As published in Toledo Business Journal - January 1, 2018

Fostoria High School

Fostoria High School

Fostoria City Schools plans $49M project

Fostoria City Schools has begun construction on a 123,000 square foot 7-12th grade building and the expansion of the current Intermediate Elementary building by 12,000 square feet with extensive remodeling. The project, estimated at $49 million, also involves the abatement and demolition of Fostoria High School, Holmes Elementary, Longfellow Elementary, and Riley Elementary Schools.

The architect for the project is Garmann/Miller & Associates, located in Minster, and the construction manager is Shook Touchstone, located in Dayton. The early site package started this past summer with significant construction scheduled for the spring of 2018. The total project between the two buildings will most likely wrap up in 2021.

“The need for a new school comes from multiple sources,” said Andrew Sprang, superintendent of Fostoria City Schools. “First, the requirements for resources, technology, and learning styles of today’s students is different than the traditional school that we have grown accustomed to. The skills that students are being asked to perform require individual discovery, team building, collaboration, etc. As for teaching methods, they involve technology as it rapidly changes, facilitation of student learning, more than just students sitting in rows. Another issue centers around expenses of maintaining multiple buildings in the district. Repair costs are growing as the buildings age. Financially, this was a positive decision for the district that did not increase taxes for citizens.”

Fostoria Intermediate School

Fostoria Intermediate School

The project is being funded by a bond campaigned for in 2016 that replaces a bond that was being paid off for Fostoria’s current 3-6 grade building, called the Intermediate building. According to Sprang, the pricing was done so that it did not increase taxes on its citizens.

The new high school will most likely be a two-story structure, noted Sprang. As this is an Ohio Facilities Construction Commission (OFCC) cooperative project, the district plans on having 25 students in a classroom in its formulas for funding of square footage.

The site will maintain the current athletic facilities that already exist on campus, including baseball, softball, tennis, and cross country.

Longfellow, Holmes, and Riley Elementaries will be abated after the construction of the new facilities and additions. The district’s current Intermediate building (grades 3-6) will be turned into a PK-6 building. The design on this building has not yet been completed.

Fostoria City Schools enrollment is consistently around 1,800 students. According to Sprang, there will be some portions of the current junior high school maintained that will provide the opportunity to expand if enrollment grows. In conversations with the architectural team, the new building will also offer the potential for additions if deemed necessary, but that would be a future project.