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Update on Transition Plan Provided During the May 15 Board Meeting

The Rossford Board of Education provided an update on the transition space for Rossford High School at its May 15 Regular meeting. Rossford High School will be temporarily relocated to Owens Community College from August 2018 until December 2019, in order to accommodate our students during the renovation and construction of the downtown campus. Our construction manager and architect’s ultimate goal is to have all construction completed by January 2020.

This temporary move is a necessity during construction. As previously communicated, the Rossford Junior High School will stay in its current location throughout the construction process, and 6, 7, and 8 grade students will remain downtown.

Our high school classes will be held in the Audio/Visual Classroom Center and the Math/Science Center on the Owens Toledo-Area campus.  This campus is conveniently located within the Rossford School District boundaries located at 30335 Oregon Road in Perrysburg Township.

Staff and students will also be able to utilize the Student Health and Activities Center for physical education and athletics, as well as the Center for Fine and Performing Arts.

“We are very excited to use the wonderful facilities at Owens Community College during our transition and then be able to return to our new facilities,” Superintendent Creps said. “We enjoy a strong partnership with Owens and we are grateful for their warm, helpful and welcoming attitude. The proximity and state-of-the-art facilities make Owens a valuable asset during our construction.”

Gilbane and The Collaborative, construction manager and architect firm, are comfortable with this timeframe for the use of swing space and note that costs would increase significantly with a shorter construction timeframe. David Serra, Principal for The Collaborative David Serra, believes this timeframe will be best for the students. A quicker construction schedule would be less safe with an environment where students are in a facility with areas still being completed.

Rossford High School Principal Tony Brashear has organized a team who is dedicated to providing and ensuring that the temporary facility still allows our students a great high school experience during their temporary stay.

There will be a designated police presence. Final safety and cost issues have not been finalized and will be topics of discussion as the process moves forward.

As of last month, there were 79 Rossford High School students on the Owens Toledo-Area campus enrolled in College Credit Plus (CCP) classes.  There are 1,727 high school students from the area taking courses at the same Owens campus through the CCP program.

“Owens is committed to our partnership with Rossford, and we are planning ways to be prepared for a lease arrangement during this important transition,” said Dr. Mike Bower, Owens Community College president. “We are currently identifying spaces on our Perrysburg campus for the potential hosting of Rossford High School beginning in the Fall of 2018.  The specific arrangements and lease provisions have not been finalized.”


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