We continue to progress on our multiple construction projects funded by the 2016 passage of the “Finish the Job” ballot initiative. The Early Learning Village on Elinore Avenue will feature two new, distinct wings, the first with 16 classrooms for Kindergarten students and the second with 16 for early learners (three and four-year-olds). Both will be two stories tall and extend from the area that previously served as the western wing of Forest Park Middle School. The creative approaches of our architect, Then Design Architecture and our construction manager, Hammond Construction, have facilitated the preservation of the former gyms, auditorium, music rooms, and cafeteria of Forest Park. These will be renovated and improved for use in the new Early Learning Village. Subcontractors are currently bidding on the various segments of the project and demolition of the eastern wing of the existing facility will begin in April. We continue to project an opening of fall, 2019 for the Early Learning Village.
The secondary complex also remains on schedule, though the complexity of designing these new facilities demands a later opening of fall, 2020. The northern (athletic) and southern (music) wings of the current Euclid High School will remain largely intact. The new middle school will rise just south of the music corridor of EHS, facing Tracy Avenue. The new classrooms of the high school will be built directly west of the current facility, occupying a portion of the front lawn toward E. 222. To facilitate beginning construction efforts, the E-Room will be demolished this summer. We will host a "Farewell to the E-Room" on April 28, 2018, to allow the community to visit for the last time this cherished space.
Unlike the 650,000 square foot high school and the 80,000 square foot Early Learning Village, the athletic facilities were much less complex to plan and build. In addition, state funding requires specific procedures to be followed to satisfy the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission guidelines.
There are several exciting events being planned for the official opening of the new stadium. Our first ever "Ring of Honor" will be inducted before opening night against Glenville on August 24, 2018. The third game of the season against St. Ignatius will feature an alumni reunion for both schools. In the park, we are completing three new baseball/softball fields that will be ready by mid-April. These facilities are being used every day by organizations throughout the city and northeast Ohio.