HUDSON—The Hudson City School Board unanimously approved a $4.6 million agreement with GPD group as architects for the district's facility renovations.

GPD, based out of Akron, among other duties, will do the civil engineering, landscape design and architectural design for the new middle school, plus renovations and upgrades at Hudson High School, central campus site plan and additions, renovations and upgrades at McDowell, Ellsworth Hill, East Woods and Evamere elementary schools.

Superintendent Phillip Herman said the contract was "a long time in coming," calling it "the world's longest interview process."

"They have far superseded our expectations in the prebond work," said Herman, who added that the district has worked a little more than a year with GPD. "We are excited and looking forward to the work ahead."

Board President David Zuro said GPD has already given "a lot of arch design work to date," and that he was happy with the architectural firm.

"The district went through a very thorough evaluation process to identify and select an architectural partner," said Board Vice President Steve DiMauro.

Voters within the Hudson City School District approved an $81.5 million, 4.97-mill bond issue in November. The school district has started the planning process for the new school, set to break ground in fall 2018, as well as renovations to the district’s other buildings. The school will be 176,000 square feet, housing sixth through eighth grade.

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