Westerville South development to proceed

April 30, 2018 by  

The Westerville City School District is going ahead with its plans to fund security and safety measures throughout the district, as well as renovating Westerville South High School.

The district decided on this course when it received feedback from the community that residents preferred renovating the facility to demolishing it and building a new school. Jeff LeRose, the district’s facilities director, said renovating the school would cost about $20m less than building a new school.

LeRose said that a new school might decrease the usable acreage on the site, though he did say there was some concern about the traffic flow in the older hallways. However, he says designs can be created that will alleviate the problem.

Community feedback also led to other decisions by the Facilities Study Committee. Whittier Elementary School had been considered for expansion, but respondents said the school was a good size, and any renovations done should not increase the number of students it could handle.

On the other hand, a school that was low on the committee’s list, Annehurst Elementary School, was moved up after residents said it should be given a higher priority.

Complex issues like this can be of concern to many people, so officials might consider working with a flyer printing company to update residents on the decisions made and the status of the projects.