(Canton Township, Ohio) – The Canton Local School District is discussing a plan to build a new middle school.
According to a report published by the Canton Repository, school district officials are developing plans to build a new middle school and renovate the existing Faircrest Middle School. As it sits now, the plan is that after the renovations, Faircrest will be converted into the school system elementary school.
To help cover the cost the district has announced a plan to participate In the Ohio School Facilities Commission program. This will allow the district to utilize both state and local funds for the project. The Board of Education recently approved a resolution announcing intent to get involved with the program. However, the district must be accepted by the commission.
If accepted, the district would construct the new middle school building along Cleveland Avenue on land south of Canton South High, the existing Walker Elementary School in the 3500 block of Sandy Avenue SE would be closed, the building currently known as Faircrest Middle School in the 600 block of Faircrest Street SW would become the new elementary for grades kindergarten through fifth, and the new middle school would be home to sixth grade through eighth grade.
Just over a year ago the new Canton South High School opened, which voters helped support in a $36.6 million bond issue approved in 2013. The cost of the new middle school is between $16 million to $17 million.
District officials are hopeful they will be able to avoid going to voters for new money and accomplish their goals through the Ohio School Facilities Commission program and local dollars.