Cuyahoga Falls -- On Monday night (Sept. 26), City Council will vote on Woodridge Local School District's construction plans on what will become a campus for all 12 grades.

Planning Director Fred Guerra on Sept. 19 said Woodridge plans to build a new elementary school facility that will be divided in some respects and house Woodridge Primary School and Woodridge Intermediate School. The site is on vacant land between State Road and Quick Road.

Guerra said this proposed building will make up 15 percent of an 80-acre campus. The elementary building will be designed to accommodate 900 students in grades Pre-K-5. The school will contain administrative, media center, intermediate school gymnasium, primary school gymnasium, student dining, food preparation, shipping-receiving and maintenance areas, according to a report issued by the city planning division.

Guerra said the project also includes parking and a private drive built to the same specifications as a public street. He said the building will have two two-story classroom wings.

Plans also call for a new high school gym to be built on the north side of the high school and next to the baseball field. The high school will also see updates including a new locker room and a new 140-space parking lot.

The city's Planning Commission approved the project Sept. 7 with recommendations that the district adopt all traffic impact analysis recommendations, stormwater plan recommendations, install a new left-turn lane on State Road, implement a streetscape plan allowing for better pedestrian access and comply with city standards on the private access road.

A detention basin for stormwater drainage is planned next to State Road for the new elementary school. The high school gymnasium will use underground storage and existing high school storm basins. Both the city engineering department and Summit Soil and Water Conservation District need to review the stormwater pollution prevention plans.

"We're really excited about this development for the school district," Guerra said.

See the Sept. 25 edition of the Cuyahoga Falls News-Press for the complete story.


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