Canton asks for input from state on local schools

April 5, 2017 by  

The Canton Local Board of Education has agreed to allow the Ohio Schools Facilities Commission to take a look at Faircrest Middle School and Walker Elementary School to determine their physical condition. The assessment will be used to determine if the buildings should be renovated or if one of them should be replaced.

Jason Schatzel, the board’s treasurer, said the assessment by the state doesn’t lock Canton into any decisions, but will simply give the city a way to examine all of its facilities.

At the present time, Canton Local is getting ready to open a new high school, Canton South, on Faircrest Street. The money for the school came from 30-year, $36.6m bond that was approved by voters in 2013. Officials of the school district said they believe some money will be left over after the high school is completed, and that money could be used to improve the middle and elementary schools.

Jeff Moore, the principal of Canton South, said residents should be able to take tours of the new building soon. The school is expected to be open in time for the 2017-2018 school year. Moore said he would like to have families, students, and staff members go through the building before the summer break.

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