State Rep. Jack Cera (D-Bellaire) today announced the approval of the first state payment towards new and upgraded facilities for Indian Creek Local School District. Rep. Cera serves on the Ohio Controlling Board, which approved the $1.8 million installment.

“Thanks to the tax payers who passed the levy needed to generate the local dollars for this project.  By working together, the teachers, students and parents were able to get the levy passed for the project and now the state is contributing the first installment of the $18 million necessary to move the project forward.  Everyone should be proud of their hard work on this endeavor,” said Cera.

As part of the facility enhancements plan, Indian Creek will build new elementary and high schools. The existing Hills Elementary will also receive extensive renovations, bringing the building to like-new condition. In total, the projects are estimated to cost around $45 million, of which the state will contribute $18 million. Local funds were secured earlier this year through a bond issue.

"As of today, with the approval of funding from the controlling board, we now officially have a project,” said T.C. Chappelear, Superintendent of Indian Creek Schools. “We are excited to move forward in hiring our architect and construction manager which are the next steps."

The state funds come from the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission’s Exceptional Needs Program (ENP). The ENP identifies and supports districts that are most in need of new facilities among eligible applicants.

“Indian Creek Schools have been in need of these new facilities for years,” said Cera. “I am pleased that the state is helping to make it happen. Our students deserve a learning environment that is equipped to prepare them for the world they will be entering upon graduation.”

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