HUDSON — Dozens of Hudson officials, families and students celebrated the groundbreaking of a 14,700-square-foot expansion at Ellsworth Hill Elementary School on April 22.

Ellsworth Hill, at 7750 Stow Road, will add 11 classrooms for the district’s first and second graders, starting in the 2020-21 school year, according to information from the school district. Currently the building, which opened in August 2007, houses the district’s pre-kindergarten and second grade students.

Construction on the addition will start once school is out this year, according to information from the district.

Once renovations are complete, the district’s pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students will transition to McDowell Elementary; the third through fifth graders will go to East Woods Elementary; and sixth through eighth graders will attend Hudson Middle School. Evamere will be downsized and renovated to create centralized administrative offices for the district. 

The parking lot also is being enlarged, according to information from the district.

Funding for the expansion and other improvements throughout the district will come from an $81.5 million, 4.97-mill bond issue approved by voters in November 2017.

Other major improvements also include a new $46 million, 181,000-square-foot middle school, renovations at the Ada Cooper Miller Natatorium and renovations at the district’s other elementary school buildings. The district already finished its renovations at the high school just before the beginning of this school year, which included utilities upgrades and improvements to the high school’s media center.

Reporter April Helms can be reached at 330-541-9423, ahelms@recordpub.com, or @AprilKHelms_RPC