Fairfield and Fairfield Twp. residents approved a tax hike in 2014 to pay for most of the $80 million price tag for the schools, with the state school facilities fund paying a portion.
To save on costs, the new Central and Compass elementary schools are nearly identical.
The old Central Elementary, which had no central air conditioning, sat on the same campus site was once the second oldest school in the county before being demolished in 2017.
Joe Penny, director of business operations for Fairfield Schools, said “we have been extremely pleased with our new facilities.”
“As expected with any large construction project, we’ve experienced a few issues that we have worked with our construction team and the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission(OFCC) to resolve. I consider many of the adjustments we have made to be part of the natural progression towards providing the best and safest educational environment possible for our students,” said Penny.
Fairfield Board of Education Vice President Michael Berding said he often hears “how happy the parents are with the new security measures taken at the new buildings.”
“The way that visitor traffic must flow to enter the front doors and the number of security cameras at each new building has given parents peace of mind that their children are safe at the new school buildings,” said Berding.
“Parents have also commented that the environment is more conducive to learning with the buildings further off the road, windows shut, and no fans blowing in the hot weather. The noise from the traffic and fans made learning difficult at old Central and (adjacent) old Freshman schools. Students can now concentrate on the subject matter being taught,” he said.