Tuesday, October 27, 2015

What We Learned About Our Community

Today we heard from Dr. Keith Kline of West Clermont Schools. He shared that construction is well underway on the new 2500 student campus of the West Clermont High School. The building pad is complete, and bids are coming in on the foundation. Renovations are also underway on the Amelia High School campus which will become West Clermont Middle School. The mascot will be the “Wolves.”

This facility is being built with the community in mind. There will be meeting spaces, theater, gymnasium, media center, fields, turfed stadium,. They plan to change what education looks like in West Clermont. There will be a bank and spirit shop students can run, teacher’s academy, sports medicine-exercise science, college and career center, partnerships with local businesses, secure entrances, instructional technology, science labs, and a STEM Center for identified elementary students. While a traffic study is being conducted, the current plan is to have at least 4 entrances.

There will be a 3 story education wing, a fine art wing and an athletic arena (includes an 8-lane pool, weight rooms, auxiliary gyms, and much more). Attached to the building will be a 25,000 sq ft  Mercy Health Plex which will include doctor’s offices and urgent care facilities. Mercy will be giving $200k to the district for naming rights. The district will hire a management company which will be paid for through membership fees. Many summer programs will be offered for kids. The Health Plex will bring 50-80 jobs into the county.

The West Clermont High School is a 100 million design build project financed through the Clermont County Port Authority. This is the first major school-based design build project in Ohio. In the end, taxpayers won’t have to be asked for more money. The school should be open in August of 2017.

In the future, there will be a “Phase 2” which will utilize about $40 million in credit with the state to replace 2 elementary schools without going to the taxpayers for additional money. These schools would probably not come online until 2019 or 2020.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

What We Learned About Our Community

Today we heard from Lisa Caudill and Beth Bullock who represent the 6 acre Batavia Swim Club. A group of 14 investors went together and revived the old Ridge Club swimming pool. They formed a 501c3 called S.E.A.L.S. which stands for Safety, Education, Accountability, Loyalty and Service. It takes about $45,000 to run the facility for a season which runs from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

So much time, effort and materials were donated to help the rehab project. In addition to the pool, there are tennis courts, 2 basketball hoops, a volleyball court, a pavilion, a concession stand and several tables and chairs. Members and non-members can rent the facility for a party.

Opening day is Memorial Day, May 30, 2016. For more information check out https://thebataviaswimclub.wordpress.com/