All hands on deck as plans move forward for Indian Creek School District
JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ohio —
Major progress is being made at Indian Creek School District after a highly-campaigned levy passed on the May ballot, and plans for the new school buildings are well underway.
The district held its board of education meeting Thursday evening.
"At this point now, we are in the process of trying to get our bonds sold, so the first step in the process there is to have a ratings presentation, which we did and then probably the end of July, early August, Moody’s will give us a bond rating,” said Superintendent T.C. Chappelear.
Chappelear is talking about funding for a major project within the district.
The plan is to rebuild Indian Creek High School and Wintersville Elementary. Hills Elementary will also be renovated with a grand total of roughly $63 million.
It's all hands on deck as school leaders focus on selling the bonds to pay for it all, but it's a step-by-step process.
“The state of Ohio Controlling Board will have a meeting and they will approve all the projects together. So, after August 6, we'll have our project funding,” Chappelear said.
The superintendent said by December, they would like to have an architect selected. From there, the creative juices will be free-flowing.
"We'll do some community outreach, you know, talk about what kind of designs we would be looking at, what kind of education, what types of things we see going on in the classroom and what the spaces should look like to fit those types of things,” Chappelear said.
The goal is to create a safe learning environment for the students along with a building that will last for years to come.
"We want to get these things right. You know, if it takes a little bit more time on the front end, then I think that’s fine to make sure things are right for the next 80 years,” Chappelear said.
If any community members would like to purchase some of the bonds, Indian Creek will be posting that information on their Facebook page.