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GHHS / EILMS Construction Update

We have learned that construction work will take place Saturday, February 15 through Friday, February 21, 9AM-2PM, that will impact traffic flow and resident access on Oakland Avenue between West First and West Third Avenues. Only Oakland Avenue residents will have access during this time. There will not be any work on Sunday, February 16. This work will include:


  • February 15 and February 17: A reroute of some underground gas piping and tapping into the main on Oakland Avenue.

  • February 18 through February 21: Tapping into the sanitary line on Oakland Avenue, which requires road excavations. A new student walkway will also be installed, which will occupy parking spaces for the remainder of the new building construction.


On these dates, 9AM-2PM, there will be limited driveway access for Oakland Avenue residents. Street parking during this timeframe is not recommended. For student late arrival and early dismissal during the week of February 17, 9AM-2PM, please notify the Main Office at or (614) 485-4100.  


For GHHS students, this should not impact arrival and dismissal times, but students who are mobile throughout the day may need some extra time/ a different route.





EILMS Construction Update

Before and After School Procedure


In continuing efforts to work through this construction phase, with student safety as the primary focus, we are making a few adjustments to help alleviate some of the concerns.  


The EILMS building has always been open for students at 7:45 a.m. Beginning Monday, February 10, we will open the building for students at 7:30 a.m. The expanded drop-off window should clear some of the 7:45-8 a.m. traffic congestion.


We will increase the number of staff members at the front of the school for dismissal. Grade-level discussions with students were held today, covering before and after school safety, concentrating on students walking on sidewalks and crossing at designated crosswalks. This is the third conversation with students, but repetition is the key!  Thank you for your continued conversations and patience as we work together through the construction. 



A Message to Residents

In keeping with the Grandview Heights Schools commitment to safety first and clear and concise communication, we want to share the following information and updates regarding the school construction project.  Some sidewalks will be closing in the coming weeks and, in anticipation, we encourage residents to begin using the new routes now for a successful transition. Attached please find site plans that detail: 


  • Updated fencing boundaries and bike rack relocations
  • Updated drop off and pick up locations
  • Updated walking routes and crossing guard locations
  • Student walking paths between EILMS & GHHS


We ask that families review this information with their student(s) and encourage all residents to be aware of their surroundings, follow the crossing guard and walk signal instructions, and respect any and all signage, staging materials, and rules.  These items and procedures are in place for everyone’s safety. 

If you would like to receive construction updates via email notification, please visit and select the Construction Updates tab.  Select Sign Up for Construction Updates in the navigation menu.  If you should have any questions or concerns during the construction process, please contact the Corna-Kokosing Elford (CKE) On Site Supervisor Chris Tyo at or Senior Project Manager Jay Tadena at  For more information on the construction process and progress, click on the Construction Updates tab at





We are currently in the midst of change with the onset of construction. While things are running pretty smoothly, we want to share a few reminders and updates and make some minor adjustments, based on what we experienced last week.  



ALL students must enter the building through the Commons doors located on Oakland Avenue. This will be the only door that is unlocked to the building in the morning.


ALL students dropped off in the morning must enter at the Commons doors located on Oakland Avenue. Look for the marked “drop-off” lane along the Oakland Avenue side of the building.  Please remember to pull as far forward as possible to keep traffic moving and to avoid a backup on Oakland Avenue. ALL students must be picked up from school on the Oakland Avenue side of the building, as well.


ALL students will exit the building through the Oakland Avenue-facing doors at 3PM. These exits include the main office, 6th grade hallway, 8th grade hallway, and Commons doors. 


Students MUST use sidewalks at all times and cross streets at crosswalks at West First Avenue and Oakland Avenue or West First Avenue and Grandview Avenue. This is for the safety of our students and those around them.  



The bike racks on the southeast corner of the building will be relocated to the Oakland Avenue side of the building. ALL bike riders will secure their bikes on the Oakland Avenue bike racks and enter the building through the Commons doors in the morning.


WALKING TO and FROM SCHOOL (Please see attached maps.)

Students MUST use sidewalks and properly marked crosswalks when walking to and from school. This is for the safety of our students and those around them. 

Due to the impending sidewalk closure on the north side of West First Avenue between Broadview Avenue and the construction entrance, walkers coming from the east will need to travel on the south side of West First Avenue to Oakland Avenue, cross at the light, and enter the building through the Commons doors. 



We have some good news to share! Students will be traveling to the high school through an adjusted walkway on the east side of Oakland Avenue all the way to West Third Avenue and will enter the high school through the main entrance. The return will follow the same route, and students will enter the middle school through the main office doors.  

Safety barriers will be installed, separating the walkway from Oakland Avenue, and a staff member will be onsite with the students at all times. If you have any questions, please contact the onsite Superintendent of our project, Chris Tyo at   


For more information about the construction process, please click on Construction Updates on the district website.  Thank you for your support in helping to keep our students safe during this exciting time of change and improvement to our schools. It is greatly appreciated!




Thank you to everyone who attended our ceremonial groundbreaking on January 11, 2020! We have started the project off on the right foot with the successful execution of the first Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP) which covers Phase 1 demolition, abatement, concrete, masonry, elevators, plumbing, electrical and HVAC enabling work, site work, and utilities. The second GMP has been bid to the subcontractor market and the team is currently conducting bid and scope completeness reviews with the bidders to ensure that the bids they have are submitted are complete and accurate. We believe that we will execute the second GMP at the March Board of Education Meeting.

We are excited to report that construction is officially underway with the start of the installation of the construction fencing on January 27. By February 10, we will have started site clearing and earth moving as well as the preparations for the partial demolition of the high school to make way for the new 4-8 building.  Drone footage 012320 is attached.



We are pleased to report that we have just completed the design phase of the project. During the design phase, the district’s architects facilitated workshops and meetings with staff, community members, and students on the design of our new and upgraded school facilities. The district created multiple committees to review and provide feedback to the process and hosted community meetings so that all stakeholders were actively engaged from start to finish. With your feedback, we were able to design buildings that will prepare our students for today’s modern world. Thank you!

We will now begin moving dirt and preparing the site for construction.  Residents can expect to see large equipment and fencing appear around the schools, as well as changes to access to sidewalks and parking lots, and modified traffic patterns. Anyone who’s built or renovated a home knows that it can sometimes be disruptive to our daily routines.  Our goal is to work with our families, staff, and community to make sure this process goes as smoothly and safely as possible. We will communicate these details with you as they begin to happen, so that you can plan your day around them.

We remain committed to our goal of completing the project on time and on budget. The plan is to complete all ADA and safety upgrades by the summer of 2022 and have students attend school in the new 4-8 building and renovated high school by the winter of 2023.