On Tuesday night, the Elida School Board made the decision to hire Peterson Construction Company to construct its new elementary school.

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Peterson Construction Company will be the construction manager at risk for the project, and Four Seasons Environmental will oversee the construction. 

The new elementary school will be built next to the current one. That school building is 56 years old. They are looking to have a better building for better learning and security. The superintendent said there were several contractors to choose from, but these particular contractors seem to be a better fit.

“We had a lot of good recommendations from people we know that have used them,” said Joel Mengerink, Elida Local Schools superintendent. “Some that have used others in the running as well. We were able to compare them and everything came back very positive with four seasons and when we met them everything seemed to click for us.”

The project is expected to be finished by August or September of 2021.

In addition to hiring Peterson Construction, the board also voted Tuesday evening to support the repeal of House Bill 70. This is a law that requires the state to take over failing schools. The board says this law will only make things worse for failing districts.

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“Districts that are in high poverty and are getting into that scenario really feel like you’re losing the local board if the state takes over and the local board of representatives is out of the picture historically you’re seeing that the results: it didn’t end well,” said Joel Parker, the Elida School Board treasurer.

Elida is one of two schools in Allen County to submit their support to repeal House Bill 70.

Correction: We incorrectly reported the company was Four Seasons Environmental doing the construction. Peterson Construction Company will be the construction manager at risk for the project, and Four Seasons Environmental will oversee the construction.