Tolles starts building addition

A recent groundbreaking signaled the start of an expansion project at Tolles Career and Technical Center in Plain City. The Tolles board, made up of school board members from the seven districts that Tolles serves, were on hand: (from left) Curtis Brooks, Tolles board vice-president, from London City Schools; Sherry Kuehnle, Madison Plains Local Schools; Doug Maggied, Hilliard City Schools; Meg Hiss, Jefferson Local Schools; James Phillips, Jonathan Alder Local Schools; Pamela Orr, Tolles treasurer; Star Simpson, Tolles board president, Fairbanks Local Schools; and Carl Berg, Tolles superintendent. 

Dirt started flying this month as a $9 million expansion and renovation project started at Tolles Career and Technical Center in Plain City.

Tolles Superintendent Carl Berg said the project will be completed in three phases, starting with an addition.

Phase I will add 30,000 square feet and house a new library/media room, new entry area for the school, and a new dental assistant program which will be open to enrollment for the 2008-2009 school year.

The first phase also will create space for a bio-medical technical center, which will be open to student enrollment for 2009-2010, and more space for pre-nursing and pre-vet classes.

Phase II will include renovation of the school’s cosmetology, early childhood education and culinary arts areas, and will facilitate the return of a horticulture program to class offerings. The renovation also will modify the school’s commons area and make room for an additional science lab.

Phase III will expand the school’s automotive and welding areas.

Berg said the expansion and renovation project is an aggressive program for the technical center, which services school districts from Madison, Union and Franklin counties. A completion date for the three-phase project will depend how the weather cooperates during the initial phase this fall and winter.

“In making the decision to expand our school, the Tolles board of education embraced this construction project because it knew that if we are to properly serve the population of our 700 square miles of attendance area… and be the work force/economic development tool that is essential for economic growth, we had to have a facility that could support the educational programs fitting of the employment climate now and in the future,” Berg said.

“It simply had to be done, or we would not be doing our job.’’

Tolles is located at 7877 U.S. Rte. 42, south of Plain City. For more information on classes for high school students and adults, call 614-873-4666.

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