Construction on time for Berlin High School


The consultant for the Olentangy schools’ fourth high school project gave what he called “a long-winded” way to say the building’s construction was on schedule.

Bill O’Sullivan of Construction Analysis LLC recently updated the school board about the progress made for Berlin High School, located on Berlin Station Road, which is expected to open for the 2018-2019 school year.

“It’s starting to look very much like a school,” he said.

The new high school’s plans are based on ones for Olentangy Orange and Liberty high schools but with some modifications. The construction sequencing for Berlin is also different with the other two high schools, officials said.

Since the district broke ground for the estimated $69.6 million project more than a year ago, it has hired Todd Spinner from Westerville schools to be the new principal and John Betz as the school’s new athletics director.

Additionally, the school district finalized its new attendance boundaries for the school year when Berlin will open. More than 300 students from Olentangy High School for the class of 2020 were redistricted to attend the new high school.

“The group is a large group going together creating a new culture, being leaders for two years. And they are also needed at this new school to have that critical mass of students we need to run all the academic programs and the extracurricular activities,” Superintendent Mark Raiff said at the time.

By Brandon Klein

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Gazette reporter Brandon Klein can be reached by email or on Twitter at @brandoneklein.

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