Mary Alice Reporting – The beginning phase of a major construction project is set to start soon for the Tuscarawas Valley Local School district.

Tree clearing is anticipated to get underway in late January, on the hill adjacent to the middle school.

Superintendent Mark Murphy indicates that this is the new middle/high school building site that will house grades 7th through 12th and create a school campus.

“Construction of that facility will begin this summer and continue through spring/summer of 2023, and our goal is to open the new middle school/high school in August of 2023.”

At the same time, designs for additions and renovations to the existing middle school will occur, which will eventually serve pre-kindergarten through 6th grade.

Murphy notes that the entire project is being funded through the Utility Tax revenue from the Rover Pipeline.

He adds that the actual revenue has been affected by Rover appealing the assessment.

“We were projecting approximately $3.7 million annually; of course, that decreases every single year but the reality is, according to what our treasure has been informed of, is that will be $2.7 million instead.”

Murphy says this amount is sufficient to cover the mortgage payment of the local share for the project with the goal to have no tax increases in relation.

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