WEST CARROLLTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Nicholas Elementary in West Carrollton will close next academic year as the district tries to become eligible for state funds.
The funds would go towards rebuilding several aging buildings.
Nicholas was built in 1957 and currently has 170 students. The building has 46 teachers/staff members.
All of the students and staff will be moved to other schools.
“We would be able to build all new facilities for the West Carrollton School District from Pre-K to 12th grade,” said Dr. Andrea Townsend, West Carrollton’s Superintendent.
To qualify for state funding to help districts rebuild, they must have a minimum of 350 students. Nicholas does not meet that.
The district may still use the building for other purposes.
West Carrollton City Schools has buildings that serve kids in West Carrollton, Moraine and part of Miami Township.
Many of the buildings are at least 50 years old. The superintendent estimates it could cost a minimum of 125 million dollars to rebuild.
The district says they will be sending information to parents within the next few days.
“There’s an emotional attachment to this building. It’s a wonderful building. They call it the little building with the big heart. But we will have the same wonderful staff members working in our district, providing the outstanding education that they do now,” said Dr. Townsend.
Many students could be moved to Harold Schnell Elementary, right next to the high school.
It’s not clear if more buildings will close.
The district says they will hold public meetings in the future.