New school
The Shelby Board of Education received on update June 22 on plans to build a new pre-kindergarten through eighth-grade building. This photo shows a Shelby school bus leaving its parking facility.
 
As Shelby City Schools prepare for another academic year, local leaders also are looking ahead to August 2022.
 
That is when a new pre-kindergarten through eighth-grade school building is scheduled to open on the district's campus off Smiley Avenue.
 
"This project continues to move along well," Superintendent Tim Tarvin told the school board on June 22.
 
"'In spite of the COVID situation in the state of Ohio, Shelby is a fortunate school district that didn't have the brakes put on their project," Tarvin said. "All of the contracts have been approved prior to COVID. So Shelby can continue to move forward."
 
Tarvin spoke of the project's timing.
 
"The hope and plan of the district is that there is an early site package, which will allow us to start moving dirt sometime probably Septemberish," he said.
 
Tarvin also offered a preview of what to expect during the early work.
 
"Where the current practice football field is, that will get fenced off," he said. "It's about 10 acres. They will continue to move dirt and get as much done as they can before winter, hopefully, get some utilities in, some footers, perhaps."
 
"When we come out of the winter, they can start erecting walls and putting up what other footers they have to put in at that point," he said. "Then it will really start taking shape as far as a physical, coming up out of the ground building."
 
Earlier, Tarvin discussed other current planning efforts on the project, including determining how the square footage would be used. Using Shelby High School as a point of reference, examples include the band room, choir room, hallways and custodial closets, he said.
 
Assistant Superintendent Paul Walker and existing building principals have worked to determine how the planned pre-K through eighth-grade building's 152,000 square feet will be used.
 
The information is to be submitted to the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission with other phases to follow.
 
"Once you figure out how you are going to use the square footage, they start plugging it into the program and putting walls in and corridors and restrooms, office space and cafeteria," Tarvin told the school board. "That becomes your schematic design."
 

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