Antonio: Over $1M To Push Lakewood Schools Renovation To Final Construction Phase
Project will rebuild three local elementary schools, renovate high school

State Rep. Nickie Antonio (D-Lakewood) recently announced the release of $1,392,709 for the Lakewood City School District Master Facility Plan Amendment.

“This additional funding is essential to completing a 13-year long project to establish top-of-the-line education facilities and increase technological support in the classroom,” said Antonio. “Lakewood City Schools have long been recognized for excellence in academics, community service, the arts and sports, and will soon be recognized for having some of the best facilities across the state. I look forward to the completion of this project and the positive impact it will provide for the learning experience of both students and teachers.”

In 2003, Lakewood City Schools District adopted the Master Facilities Plan to rebuild or renovate all of the schools in the district. So far, four elementary schools, two middle schools and half of the high school have been rebuilt or renovated. The project is now in the final phase of construction as workers finish rebuilding three elementary schools and renovating the second half of the high school.

The additional funding is primarily due to market conditions surrounding the completion of this third and final phase of construction. The Ohio Facilities Construction Commission passed a resolution approving the project last month, while today marks the official release of funds.

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The Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences released the report “Taking Measure of Ohio’s Opioid Crisis” Tuesday, highlighting the grim realities many in the state are experiencing, but also making a case for greater treatment access and expanded educational and economic opportunities for Ohioans.

“This report confirms that treatment is necessary to stem the tide of this opioid crisis, and clearly we do not have enough treatment options currently available,” said Antonio. “We can do better. We must do better. Taxpayers deserve better economic opportunities, a strong and affordable educational foundation, and greater access to healthcare services – all things that we know will prevent opioid addiction and abuse.”

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