NAPOLEON, OH (Toledo News Now) – The city of Napoleon is building a brand new elementary school and renovating the current high school to house seventh through twelfth grades.
This will be a completely new layout for the district. District officials said they are excited and ready for a change.
"This is going to make our entire community very proud," said Napoleon School Board President Larry Long.
The plan will involve building a new elementary school across the street from the high school. All students from pre-school to sixth grade will go there.
Long said part of the project will be funded through the Ohio School Construction Committee, but the majority of the money will come from school taxpayers. A levy for the project was approved last March.
"Getting that through on the first try was a major accomplishment," Long said. "I think we, as a board, and we, as a district, were a little surprised by that…But very pleased."
While some parents raised concerns about the middle schoolers being in the same building as the high schoolers, most say they're confident this is a change for the better.
"They have a great staff…and I think they will do just fine," said Ted Gonzales, a Napoleon parent. "The middle school is getting old and I think it's time for a change."
Long said the board hopes to have plans finalized within the next month or so, so the district can move forward and start building.
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