COLUMBUS— State Rep. Tim Schaffer (R-Lancaster) today announced that the Ohio School Facilities Commission (OSFC) has given conditional approval of significant state funding to the Lancaster City School District for the construction of two new middle schools for grades 6 to 8.

According to OSFC, the state grant will cover more than $21 million, while the local share will be about $26 million, making a total project budget of $47,856,215. Lancaster schools must acquire their local share of the budget within 13 months before state funding will be ultimately released.

“I am ecstatic to hear that over $21 million in state funding will be spent for new facilities in Lancaster,” Schaffer said. “One of our most important responsibilities is ensuring that our students have an excellent environment for learning and growth, and this is a huge step for students and faculty in Lancaster.”

The funding will later be subject to final approval of the State Controlling Board, a panel made up of legislators from the Ohio House and Senate.

“I will advocate with my colleagues on the Controlling Board to make sure that the funding for Lancaster Schools gets the final stamp of approval,” Schaffer added.

The funding is generated from appropriations approved in Senate Bill 310, which passed the General Assembly earlier this year. Schaffer voted “yes” on the bill.  Today’s OSFC meeting was expected to approve funding for 14 school districts and one STEM Compact School, totaling $950.7 million in state and local funds.

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