COLUMBUS—State Senator Bob Peterson (R-Washington Court House) and Representative Gary Scherer (R-Circleville) are applauding recent funding approval by the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission for projects in East Clinton Local (Clinton County) and Logan Elm Local (Pickaway County) school districts.
The two districts combined were approved for nearly $25 million in state funding, which now must receive final approval from the State Controlling Board. Currently, Peterson serves on this important board which provides legislative oversight to state spending and community investments.
"Having healthy, safe and modern school facilities is crucial for the well-being and positive educational outcomes of students in our district," said Senator Peterson. "I thank OFCC for approving funding for these important projects so we can continue to see the many benefits of investing in Ohio's schools and students."
All school districts approved for state funding have already raised the local shares for these projects. In total, with $187 million in state funding and $210 million in local funding, nearly $400 million was allocated for projects in nine school districts across the state.
Earlier this year, the Senate and House passed priority Senate Bill 4, sponsored by Senators Michael Rulli (R-Salem) and Stephanie Kunzie (R-Hilliard), which enables OFCC to continue to move up the equity list and help more schools now, rather than waiting for the additional funding that they anticipate they will receive in the next capital bill.
“I want to commend Superintendent Tim Williams for his testimony he gave before the House and Senate in order to pass Senate Bill 4,” said Scherer. "It would have been a shame for Logan Elm to have to wait until 2020 for more funding after all the hard work from the community with passing the local bond issue.”
The Ohio Facilities Construction Commission is responsible for guiding capital projects for state agencies, state-supported universities and community colleges, and Ohio's comprehensive public K-12 school construction and renovation program.
“This is a significant step for these nine districts and for our state as we continually ensure that our children attend modern, innovative educational facilities that support their academic success. Congratulations to these school communities!” said OFCC Chair Kimberly Murnieks in a recent press release.