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Facility Project Announcement
After years of discussion and extensive research, the EHOVE Board of Education has decided that now is the time to expand and enhance their career and technical and academic facilities. Current record low interest rates, will undeniably provide extensive savings. Maintaining an efficient operating budget during these tough economic times has been and remains a priority. EHOVE has worked hard to trim costs in ways that focus on the excellent quality of our schools and community while bringing maximum value to our taxpayers. “Our commitment to efficient operations and maintaining a lean budget remains a priority and always will be,” concluded Larry Hanneman, Treasurer
New and renovated facilities will help EHOVE enhance and expand services for high school and adult students. Over the last five years EHOVE’s student enrollment has increased 23% in the high school and 22% for Adult Education. The new and renovated facilities will provide relevant, high tech training and equipment to meet the needs of students and also local businesses, and is vital to the quality of our local workforce.
EHOVE has developed a plan with Poulos & Schmid Design Group to build a structure that will connect two existing buildings on campus. The 66,700 sq. ft. new and renovated area will house high-tech classrooms, state-of-the-art science labs, flexible spaces for use by the community and staff, technology training and support areas, as well as reconfigured office spaces for Student Services and Administration. This space will be furnished with the latest equipment for our high school and adult students. To see close ups of the images above, check out these links:
The total estimated to cost is $8.5 million and is expected to start in March 2013 and be complete early 2014. The project will be funded by the issuance of Certificates of Participation (COPS) in the amount of 7.5 million. The EHOVE Board of Education has also set aside 1 million in a Permanent Improvement Fund. The next time that EHOVE may be on the ballot is for a 0.5 mill operational levy that will expire in 2014. That levy was first passed in 1979 and has been renewed in 1984, 1989, 1994, 1999, 2004 and 2009.
Recent legal changes regarding building processes have provided an additional cost savings opportunity. Public entities may now elect to hire a ‘Construction Manager at Risk’. The Construction Manager at Risk that is selected by the school will consult with architects and other construction professionals to determine an expected total cost for the entire project. This process is designed to spend tax dollars in the most cost-effective way possible, while still maintaining the integrity and safety of the project. Currently Perkins Township is using this process in the construction of the new Perkins Township Service Complex.
EHOVE plans to work extensively with local construction professionals on this project. This will create jobs for local workers. Boosting our local economy has always been one of our priorities. “Our continued partnership with local businesses will be enhanced with the updated facilities,” said Board President Lockwood. “It will ensure our students have the latest training, equipment and skills necessary to meet the needs of our area employers. Modern facilities will be a boost to our local economy and will create jobs – and in this tough economy, who doesn’t want that?”