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Canal Winchester Schools Announces Ribbon Cutting for Indian Trail Addition

Canal Winchester Schools Announces Ribbon Cutting for Indian Trail Addition
Megan Anthony

Canal Winchester Schools invites community members to celebrate the future of early childhood education at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new addition at Indian Trail Elementary.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place at 6 p.m. on Thursday, August 8, at Indian Trail Elementary.

The $14.3 million addition will add 18 new classrooms to Indian Trail Elementary, allowing the school to offer all-day kindergarten to all students beginning this fall. It also provides space to move preschool classrooms to Indian Trail Elementary, creating a center for early childhood education for preschool through 2nd grade in the building. Previously, preschool was located at Winchester Trail Elementary, where students in third through fifth grade attend.

The project, which broke ground in July 2023, was funded without asking taxpayers for additional funding by maintaining a balanced general fund budget and using the district’s cash balance for construction costs.

“This project reflects Canal Winchester Schools’ commitment to providing the best possible start for our youngest learners,” said Superintendent Kiya Hunt. “By offering all-day kindergarten and creating a dedicated center for early childhood education, we are investing in the future of our children and our community. We are grateful for the support of our community to make this project possible. Together, we are building a brighter future for Canal Winchester.”

Construction at Indian Trail Elementary continues to move forward on schedule for completion in early August. Recently completed work includes painting the first-floor corridor, excavating the preschool playground, and structural steel, roof decking, and trusses on the canopy. Currently, workers are focusing on interior flooring and painting, as well as final site excavation and grading. 

The district’s project partners are Schorr Architects and Construction Manager At-Risk Elford, Inc. Under the construction manager at-risk model, the district and its construction partners agree on a Maximum Guaranteed Price based on estimates of the cost of the project’s plans. The GMP ensures that the project stays within the district’s $14.3 million budget.

The ceremony will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, August 8, 2024, at Indian Trail Elementary, 6767 Gender Road, Canal Winchester.