July 30, 2014

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Ground broken for new Elyria High

ELYRIA — You’d probably have to wait another 100 or so years to see a repeat of the event that played out at Sixth Street and Middle Avenue on Monday. As Elyria school board member Ginny Hawes said, “It’s very humbling to be a part of such a significant time in our history.”
A gleeful crowd chock-full of Elyria city leaders, school officials and community members turned out to witness the official groundbreaking of the new Elyria High School on Monday evening, complete with Elyria High’s drum corps and jazz band leading the festivities.

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(From left) Annabelle, 4, class of 2021; Sophia, 2, class of 2023, without a shovel; Olivia, 7, class of 2018; and Luke, 5, class of 2020, get to work Monday at the future site of Elyria High School. They are the children of Amy and Kevin Coward.

School board members and a crowd just shy of 200 were invited to dump shovelfuls of dirt from the vacant lot at Middle Avenue and Sixth Street, where a ramshackle pizza parlor stood just weeks ago before being demolished to make way for the new Elyria High School.
Representatives from Regency Construction, the project manager for the new EHS construction, and Advanced Architectural Group, the project’s designer, say plans for the project are running on schedule: demolition of the dozens of properties in the block of land south of the high school is planned for mid- to late November.
The groundbreaking for the new EHS wasn’t the only bit of good news for the school district on Monday.
Elyria Schools Treasurer Fred Stephens said the district is on track to have a $1.4 million
carryover in its 2009 budget, a stark comparison from past-year projections of a $1 million to $2 million deficit in 2009.
Stephens said various cost-cutting measurers contributed to the change, including wage freezes the district negotiated with school employees and a districtwide energy-reduction program.
Contact Shawn Foucher at 653-6255 or sfoucher@chroniclet.com.