Campus renovation to begin in January

OhioHiPoint CareerCenter

Renovated career tech labs, new academic learning spaces and upgrades to school security will highlight an Ohio Hi-Point Career Center campus renovation scheduled to take around two-and-a-half years to complete. 

Campus upgrades are slated to begin around January, and the entire project is estimated to last through the fall of 2022, according to discussion Wednesday in a special Hi-Point school board meeting. 

In May 2018, voters approved a continuing permanent improvement levy. Funds from the levy allow the district to renovate the existing buildings on the Bellefontaine main campus and purchase and update equipment used in Hi-Point’s satellite programs, which are in 11 out of the 14 partner school districts Ohio Hi-Point serves.

During its June regular meeting, the school board approved a resolution authorizing a partnership with the Bellefontaine Development and Finance Authority to facilitate necessary financing related for the renovation and new construction of the main campus.

The district plans to sell tax-free municipal bonds to cover the cost of construction. Wednesday, the school board approved out-of-state travel for Treasurer Eric Adelsberger, and Superintendent Dr. Rick Smith to attend the bond sale in Dallas next month.

Total cost for the project will be about $30 million. 

“We’re excited about moving forward in the process and are thankful to our voters for giving us this opportunity to enhance our educational and career options to better serve our communities,” Dr. Smith said.

Read the full story in Friday's Examiner.