During the December Board of Education meeting, the Board approved a contract with Monarch Construction out of Cincinnati to complete the district's renovation building project.
The approved contract will cover the entirety of the base renovation/addition project as well as all of the district’s alternates.
"This is a very exciting time for OHP," said Superintendent Dr. Rick Smith. "Monarch Construction came in with a very bid that allowed us to include our alternates into the construction project, like an expanded Diesel lab and a new student services area."
With the contract, soft costs, equipment, furniture, and contingencies, the total project is projected to cost around $34,960,000. The renovations include a new entry drive that will lead to the new main entrance of the high school, all new classrooms, new career program spaces for the Health Careers Academy, Culinary Arts, and Cosmetology labs, a centralized student services area, and an assembly space.
The new Culinary Arts and Cosmetology career programs will make it easier to welcome the public to enjoy a meal or get pampered at the salon while still maintaining safety between the rest of the building.
The project is expected to take around 18 months to complete and will be ready for the 2022-23 school year.
On May 8, 2018, voters approved Ohio Hi-Point's 0.6-mill permanent improvement levy. The issue was passed after a collective vote was counted from all 14 partner high school districts in the five counties Ohio Hi-Point serves.