Clay Local School has announced its plans to advertise for bids to prepare the site of a new K-12 facility, for which the districts expects to break ground in June. According to Clay Superintendent Anthony Mantell, the school will advertise for bids at the end of March, followed by a pre-bid meeting in early April. That's a meeting where the contractors, after they've seen the advertisements, they can come in and ask any questions before they submit their final bids. The bids have to be submitted and bid opening will be April 20, Mantell said. Because the new school will be built on the land directly in front of the existing Clay High School, Mantell said the district would not start moving dirt until the end of the current school year. It will be either late May, or very early June, that we actually will start breaking ground. We'll have a groundbreaking ceremony prior to that, Mantell said. Voters in Clay Township approved a tax levy in March 2008 to build the new $23 million, 107,000 square foot K-12 school. The building will be two-stories high, and include a new gymnasium, media center and 4,000 square foot cafetorium. The elementary classrooms will be on the first floor, and junior high and high school classes upstairs. The building will average two classrooms for each grade level, as well additional classrooms for specialized classes such as art, music, computers, and science labs. If everything goes according to schedule, the building should be complete and in our possession by June 2011, Mantell said. Ongoing progress regarding the new school's construction can be followed on Clay's Web site (http://clay.k12.oh.us) and the New School's Blog (http://newclayschools.edublogs.org).
RYAN SCOTT OTTNEY can be reached at (740) 353-3101, ext. 235.