(Friday, December 7, 2018) New Philadelphia, Ohio – New Philadelphia City Schools is looking to develop a plan to overall better the districts education buildings.

Superintendent David Brand says enrollment is up by 14% over the last four years and education spaces are overcrowded.

“So many of our spaces weren’t really designed for education and we’re using them for education right now. And also, some of our buildings were designed for the optimal safety and security that our students deserve today. So, we need to do something but the real question is what.”

Brand says the school board will begin their focus in their elementary buildings.

Beginning in 2019, Brand says they will be hosting public meetings in hopes to get feedback from members.

“What does the community what for the future of New Philadelphia City Schools facilities for the children? So, we’re open to any and every idea. It’s going to be really important for the community to get to the meetings once we have those here once the New Year roles over. It will be an exciting time to design and think through what the next fifty years of New Philadelphia is going to be like.”

With the guidance of The GPD Group, an architecture firm, Brand says the district will be able to use state funding to cover 55% of the cost.

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