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Ohio School Facilities Commission approves millions for Urbana

The Ohio School Facilities Commission (OSFC) has recently approved over $36.9 million in state funding for school construction work in the Urbana City School District.

The district is one of 13 from across the state that received an offer of funding from the commission, which oversees the state’s school facility renovation and construction program.

The funding, combined with $23.6 million from the district, will allow the district to move forward with the construction of a new elementary/middle school combined facility that will house the system’s pre-kindergarten through grade 8 students, as well as a new high school for grades 9-12.

The state capital budget approved by Governor Kasich earlier this year allocated $675 million to the OSFC for grants over the next two years.

“Having this funding available from the OSFC is a tremendous benefit for our community,” said Charles Thiel, superintendent of the Urbana City School District. “It is important that we take advantage of this offer to build comfortable, safe, and handicap accessible schools that will provide our students a better opportunity to learn, grow, and be successful.”

School districts must raise their local share of the project budget within 13 months before the state funding can be released. Districts that fail to acquire their funding in that period are considered, “lapsed,” but can still participate in OSFC programs once they obtain local funding.

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