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 bond passed by a 70/30 margin.
The district is now securing financing for the project and will begin the search for an architect. The building is expected to open for the 2018-19 school year.
As the project progresses, we will be sharing updates, FAQ's, and photos.
Summer 2017 Facility Plans
- The contents of Reading High School will be moved to the Reading Middle School/Central Elementary building after the last day of school, which is Wednesday, May 17.
- After the move is complete, Reading High School will be demolished.
- Central’s playground equipment will be removed and the lot blacktopped to create additional parking for the high school staff and students.
- The contents of Central Elementary will be moved to St. Peter and Paul School.
- 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.
In the News...
Facts About Reading’s New PK-12 School
- 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 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.
New Building 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)
- January 19, 2016
- February 10, 2016
- February 19, 2016
- February 26, 2016
- March 2, 2016
- March 11, 2016
- March 17, 2016
- March 24, 2016
- April 22, 2016
- April 29, 2016
- May 4, 2016
- June 6, 2016
- July 29, 2016
- September 8, 2016
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