Project deal OK’d

BOTKINS — Botkins Board of Education members voted to approve the final plan for a project agreement with the Ohio Schools Facilities Commission to build a new school. The board made the move at its regularly scheduled board meeting Wednesday.

“The project is still in the design phase and this doesn’t really change that,” Superintendent Connie Schneider said. “This just formalizes the agreement for both the school board and the OSFC. It allows funding to start flowing in for the project.”

The agreement had already been accepted by the school board but had to be returned to the OSFC for their approval before the school board could make final approval. Approval of the plan opens the door for state funding for the project to start coming in.

The plan spells out the school board will receive about $17.5 million from the state’s OSFC building fund. The district will provide approximately  $6.9 million for its percent share in the project along with locally funded initiatives that will not be funded by the state.

Board members also approved a resolution designating Fanning/Howey Associates Inc. as architect for the new school building project.

Approval of a resolution providing for the sale and issuance of school improvement bonds for the district’s $6.9 million share of the project was also approved by the board.