Commission Awards Funding to College Prep Boarding School
October 25, 2012 (COLUMBUS) – Today, the Ohio School Facilities Commission made a $16 million commitment to build classroom facilities for the state’s first public boarding school.
At its quarterly meeting, the Commission voted to approve state funding for the SEED School of Cincinnati, which will serve at-risk and underserved students in a 24-hour learning environment. Students will live in campus dormitories during the week. The school is expected to open with 80 sixth graders and will grow to serve 400 students in grades 6 through 12, with the student body being drawn statewide.
To qualify for state funding, The SEED School of Cincinnati secured $20 million of funding from non-state sources. The boarding school is based on a SEED model used in Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, Maryland. Students will have access to college preparatory and life skills curriculum in a campus setting.
Executive Director Richard Hickman said, “This project is a great example of how the state and a private, non-profit entity can come together to build facilities that support SEED’s educational curriculum to meet the educational needs of these students.”
Established in 1997, the Commission is responsible for administration of the state’s school construction and renovation program. The Commission is currently working with, or has completed all necessary work in, nearly two-thirds of the state’s 613 school districts.
As of September 10, 2012, the Commission was consolidated with the Office of the State Architect to form the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission. The Ohio School Facilities Commission continues to exist as a separate commission within the new agency, focusing on funding Ohio’s comprehensive K-12 school construction program.