Staff Writer

ASHTABULA -- A rendering of the new Ashtabula Area City Schools junior high school has been shown to board of education members and school administrators.

The rendering, not the actual design, was done by Olsavsky, Jaminet and Fanning and Howey, the architect hired by the board for the second phase of construction, which includes constructing the new junior high school and five campus-style grade-level elementary schools.

The architect is trying to show how some outside features will match those of the new Lakeside High School, said Superintendent William Licate. However, the actual square-footage of the building has not been determined yet.

Licate said if the school were to open tomorrow, it would need to accommodate about 725 students in grades seven and eight.

The board plans to locate the new junior high school at the same Sanborn Road site as the new high school, pending a traffic study. The study is being conducted by the Ohio Department of Transportation. The junior high school would be located southwest of the high school, Licate said.

The state requires about 22 acres for a new junior high. However, included in that number, is land apportioned for ball fields, Licate said. Those fields are already in place at the new high school.

Maybe only five to seven acres would be needed for the school, including a parking lot, he said.

Besides the pending traffic study, voters need to pass a 23-year one-half-mill permanent improvement levy in May before the district can embark on the second phase of school construction. The Ohio School Facilities Commission requires passage of the levy before it will release its share of the money, $73 million, for the new-school construction program.

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