Facts About Reading's New PK-12 School
On November 3, 2015, the Reading Community School District passed a bond issue to build a new PK-12 school in Reading at the site of the current high school. The project is scheduled for completion in the summer of 2019.
A design and planning team composed of district administrators, teachers, staff, parents, community members, along with the construction team and architects, visited other area PK-12 schools and worked collaboratively for months on the design of Reading’s school.
The school is 215,000 square feet divided into distinct elementary, middle school and high school wings with three separate entrances.
Capacity for 1,750 students
Situated on 14 acres at the current site of Reading High School
Design reflects Reading’s history with entry-way arches inspired by the historic Central Elementary building
Exterior will be traditional red brick with cast stone accents
Four grade-level pods will be located on each floor (ground, middle, top)
Each grade has one Extended Learning Area (ELA) and two rooms for small group work
Secured vestibule at entrance of each wing
Cafetorium/dining commons is the hub of the whole building and lobby for the main gym. The commons has the ability to be converted into an auditorium with stage with bench seating.
Houses on Columbia Avenue between the current high school and Bolser Drive were purchased by the district and will be demolished to allow for three entrances and exits-one directly in line with Benson, one farther east on Columbia, and one off of Bolser.
Funded in collaboration with the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission and a bond issue that passed in November 2015.
Summer 2017 Facility Plans
The contents of Reading High School was moved to the Reading Middle School/Central Elementary building after the last day of the 2016-2017 school year. The building will open in
The contents of Central Elementary were moved to the former St. Peter and Paul School on Vine Street.
Reading High School was demolished in July 2017. Commemorative bricks from the school were set out along Bolser.
- Reading High School and Central Elementary students will be in the transitions spaces for the 2017-2018 school year and part of the 2018-2019 school year.
- Contractor trailers will arrive towards the end of August and early September.
- Mass excavation has started and will continue.
- Creation of parking lots and roadways has started and will continue.
- Storm utility work has started, and will continue.
- Foundation work will begin.
- Masonry work will begin.
- Parking lot and roadway work will continue.
- Site utility work will start (sanitary, water, gas, etc.).
New Building Video Updates
February 26, 2017 (pdf)
March 29, 2017 (see video below highlighting main entrance)
April 6, 2017 (see video below highlighting cafetorium)
April 6, 2017 (see video below highlighting gymnasium)
April 20, 2017 (video for Extended Learning Areas called ELAs)
April 27, 2017 (video on Media Center)
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