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United BOE works with state building system

HANOVERTON — The United Local school administration is seeking an alternative way to move forward with its building project.

The school board this week agreed to participate in the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission (OFCC)’s Expedited Local Partnership Program (ELPP), which will allow the district to move forward with its building project by starting with the local share.

The district’s administrative team has been working on a project to construct a new pre-K-12 campus and had secured funding from the OFCC to add to estimated tax collection from the Nexus Pipeline. However, the OFCC put all projects on hold until after the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to schools Superintendent Lance Hostetler, the ELPP program will allow the district to use its local share to start the immediate needs of the project, with the OFCC reimbursing the district and continuing with its share at a later date.

Hostetler provided information that explained the OFCC will perform an assessment of facilities then present a master plan that meets all the district’s needs. The district then chooses a “distinct portion” of the plan to cover with local funds, which is then credited to the district portion of the Classroom Facilities Assistance program.

Hostetler said he expects the “distinct portion” to address the elementary wing.

In other business, the board approved a memorandum of understanding with the United Education Association regarding unique circumstances surrounding the pandemic which states the number of remote teaching positions needed will be determined by the number of students enrolled in remote learning, the elementary art position vacated by the transfer of a teacher to the high school art position will not be filled during this school year and staff members filling remote and vacated positions due to the pandemic will return to the positions they filled in 2019-2020.

khowell@salemnews.net

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