Board to select name of fourth Olentangy high school


By Brandon Klein - bklein@civitasmedia.com



Olentangy Berlin High School, Olentangy Alum Creek High School and Olentangy Cheshire High School were the top three name submissions for the Olentangy Local School District’s fourth high school.

“No decision has been made at this time,” said Devon Immelt, a spokesman for the district.

The school district adopted a naming policy in 2012 that gives the Board of Education authority to the name school buildings and other district facilities.

The board will make its final selection at tonight’s meeting.

The policy requires schools to have names based on local history or geography without directional names (north, south, east and west). Mascot names are based on local historical figures or animals with no proper names.

District residents were encouraged to submit names of the new high school on Berlin Station Road east of Gregory Road through the school website until Sept. 16.

In a two-and-a-half week period, more than 400 responses were submitted. The Berlin name received 232 submissions, Alum Creek received 11 and Cheshire received 10.

In other business, the board is expected to approve a fourth wave of funding for the construction of the same high school. It’s expected to approve $6,698,576 as the to Gilbane Building Co., the construction manager of high school No. 4, as the project’s guaranteed maximum price, or GMP, with a not-to-be exceeded contract sum of $57,199,376.

The contract would Gilbane’s general conditions costs at $1,104,135; staff costs at $1,348,765; contingency, or surprise, costs at $796,688; and construction manager fee at $837,234.

The fourth GMP includes the following scopes of work: early site work, concrete, masonry, roofing, steel, general trades, glass and glazing, metal studs, drywall, ceilings and insulation, fire protection, plumbing, HVAC, electrical and technology, casework, painting, flooring, wood and gym floor, food service equipment, grandstands bleachers and pressbox, testing and balancing, elevators and stadium competition field.

The three existing high schools are designed to educate 4,800 students, but enrollment projections suggest there will be 6,600 students by the 2018-19 school year.

The school should open in the fall of 2018.

By Brandon Klein

bklein@civitasmedia.com

Brandon Klein can be reached at 740-413-0904 or on Twitter at @brandoneklein.

Brandon Klein can be reached at 740-413-0904 or on Twitter at @brandoneklein.