• New School Construction Video Update, February 2019

    Posted by Amy Higgins on 2/25/2019

    New school construction is underway at the sites of the new Ely Elementary School on Gulf Road and Ohio St., and the future Northwood Campus between Abbe Road and Rosalee Dr. in Elyria. The new Hamilton Elementary School, to be located at the former site of Hamilton on 13th and Middle Ave., also will be underway soon. 

    On the Elyria Schools Pioneer TV channel on YouTube and on Spectrum Cable 1022 in Elyria, you'll find video updates and board meetings telling the progress of new schools, including this latest update from the construction sites of Ely and Northwood. 

    If you have questions or comments, please contact the Communications and Marketing Office at 440-284-8203, or email us at ask@elyriaschools.org.


    Elyria Schools Construction Update, February 2019



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  • Elyria Board Approves Construction Documents for New Hamilton Elementary

    Posted by Amy Higgins on 2/20/2019

    At the school board meeting on February 20, 2019, the Elyria Board of Education approved construction documents for the new Hamilton Elementary School. Architectural renderings were displayed at the meeting (see link below).

    Hamilton will be located on Middle Avenue at the corner of 13th and is slated to open in August 2020.

    The 58,000-sqft facility will house preschool through fourth grade and will serve the south side of Elyria.

    Superintendent Ann Schloss detailed some of the special features of the new school sites. 

    The new facilities will feature “suites,” dedicated spaces for students and teachers of particular grade levels to work more collaboratively together.

    Open areas called extended learning areas, or ELAs, are central to these spaces, offering options for small or large group learning and for “maker” areas, to encourage tinkering and creating. The middle schools located at the campus sites also include makerspaces. 

    The new spaces offer the best of both worlds as they can be flexible with movable walls, furniture and garage doors, or more traditional as needed.

    Community rooms and spaces that are regularly visited by the public, such as the main office and gymnasium, for example, will be in located in “the spine” of the building which puts the common areas on a main path away from the learning suites.

    The design of the new buildings will allow for having an administrative presence on multiple levels and in multiple wings (at the campus sites) of the buildings.

    The new facilities are located on properties the district already owns and the sites offer more than one ingress/egress point for drop offs and pick-ups to help ease traffic during busy times of the day.

    At tonight’s meeting, the board also approved the first phases of design for the new Eastern Heights Campus.

    Ely and Hamilton Elementary Schools and Northwood Campus are slated to open in August 2020. Eastern Heights and Westwood Campuses are slated to open in August of 2021.

    Hamilton Elementary School

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  • Ely, Northwood: New Renderings Revealed

    Posted by Amy Higgins on 2/19/2019

    Architects from Architectural Vision Group, Westlake, have put the finishing touches to the plans for the new Ely Elementary School and the Northwood Campus, and the renderings were displayed for the Board of Education at a meeting in January, 2019. 

    The new Ely Elementary School is approximately 61,000 SF and will house kindergarten through fourth grade. 

    The new Northwood Campus is a whopping 131,000 SF and will house kindergarten through eighth grade. 

    The construction work is well underway at both sites. The district's construction team of AECOM/AGS, Cleveland, has completed the underground work that was necessary for the sanitary, storm and water lines, and most of the footings are in. The brick work will begin soon.

    Hamilton Elementary is up next. The site, located on Middle Ave., will house a 58,000 SF building for preschool through fourth grade. 

    Sitework will begin in February and the architectural rendering will be displayed at a regular board meeting on February 20, 2019. 

    Ely, Northwood and Hamilton will tentatively open in August 2020. Eastern Heights and Westwood campuses tentatively will open in August 2021. 

    Architectural renderings are attached below. 

    Ely Elementary

    Northwood Campus

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  • Construction Update January 14, 2019

    Posted by Amy Higgins on 1/14/2019

    Happy New Year! As the weather breaks, the Northwood Campus on Abbe Road, Ely Elementary on Gulf Road, and Hamilton Elementary on Middle Ave. will be hubs of activity.

    The underground infrastructures of Ely and Northwood are in place, and Hamilton Elementary will see the same work in the coming months. All three sites are slated to open in 2020-2021.  

    AGS/AECOM, the district's Construction Manager, will host a subcontractor "meet and greet" open house on February 19, at 5 p.m., at the Lorain County Urban League, located at 200 Middle Ave., Suite 200. 

    Elyria residents interested in construction and in working on the project to build five new school sites in Elyria are encouraged to attend this meeting. Local subcontractors also are urged to attend. 

    The plan calls for building five new school facilities in Elyria:

    • Ely Elementary at the existing site of Ely Elementary School on Gulf Road.
    • Hamilton Elementary at the former site of Hamilton School on Middle Ave.
    • Northwood Campus at the former site of Pioneer Soccer Field and Spring Valley School on Abbe Road.
    • Eastern Heights Campus at the existing site of Eastern Heights Middle School.
    • Westwood Campus at the existing site of Crestwood Elementary School on Griswold Road in Elyria Township.

    The campuses of Eastern Heights and Westwood are scheduled to open in 2021-2022.

    For more information, please contact the Communications and Marketing Office, 440-284-8203.


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  • Local subcontractors, workers sought for construction project

    Posted by Amy Higgins on 11/29/2017

    The Elyria City School District is embarking on a project to rebuild its elementary and middle schools and athletic complex in a nearly $140 million construction plan. 

    The district is working with architectural firm Architectural Vision Group (AVG), Westlake, and AECOM/AGS, Cleveland, to build five new schools: two K-4 elementary schools, two K-8 campuses, and one PK-8 campus. A new multisport complex also will be built in two phases at the current site of Ely Stadium. 

    The project opens up opportunities for residents of Elyria and Lorain County with experience in construction trades, and for local subcontractors to bid or be hired on the job. 

    Interested individuals may attend informational sessions hosted by AECOM/AGS and the Lorain County Urban League. Two sessions are upcoming: December 7, 2017, and January 4, 2018, 6-8PM at the Urban League at 200 Middle Avenue, Suite 200. 

    Online interest forms also are available. Follow the links below to complete subcontractor or worker forms. 

    With questions, please contact Jim Wall, Elyria Schools Business Services Director, 440-284-8206.

    Local Subcontractor Information Form

    Subcontractor form (Online form)


    Local Worker Information Form

    Worker form (Online form)


    Two Ways to Get Involved!


    If you prefer to complete the contractor or worker information forms on paper, please download the appropriate PDF and send the completed documents to Jim Wall, Business Services Director, Elyria Schools, 42101 Griswold Road, Elyria, OH 44035, walljim@elyriaschools.org

    Contractor Form (Paper form)


    Worker Form (Paper Form)

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  • Board Previews Phase I New Schools: Ely Elementary and Northwood Campus

    Posted by Amy Higgins on 10/4/2017

    During the regular Board of Education meeting, Wednesday, October 4, board members previewed the schematics and architectural renderings of the first of five new schools to be built in Elyria: Ely Elementary and Northwood Campus. 


    Phase I of the plan calls for the construction of Ely and Northwood Campus and the demolition of Hamilton and Spring Valley schools. Ely, a new K-4 elementary will be built on the current site of Ely Elementary school on Gulf Road in Elyria. The Northwood Campus, a Prek-8 complex, will be built at the current site of Pioneer Field and Spring Valley school on Abbe Road in Elyria. The schools are tenatively scheduled to open in 2019.


    Phase II of the project will see construction of Eastern Heights Campus, a K-8 complex on the current site of Eastern Heights Middle School, the new McKinley School, a K-4 elementary school on the current site of Hamilton school on Middle Avenue, and Westwood campus, a K-8 complex on the current site of the Administration Center and Crestwood Elementary School in Elyria Township. Phase II schools are tentatively scheduled to open in 2021. 


    Phase III will involve the demolition of the district's existing, remaining schools. 


    Here's a look at what architects have in store for the new Ely Elementary School and Northwood Campus. 


    Key to Ely's design is maintaining historic elements of the existing Ely School, built in the 1920s. Architects will incorporate the historic Ely arched entrance, the school's founding date inscription on the facade and keyhole details in the roofline. Interior elements will be preserved as well. The new design gives a nod to Ely's history yet incorporates all the modern elements of 21st Century education.


    Northwood Campus will offer a more modern, colorful design, yet fit in with the entire design plan of the new schools throughout the city. The exterior materials of all of the buildings will resemble materials used on the exterior of Elyria High School. The new schools will incorporate extended learning areas, collaborative spaces that are flexible and progressive for teaching and learning needs today and in the future. 


    Residents are invited to attend an open house at Elyria High School in the Performing Arts Center on Tuesday, October 10, from 6 to 7 PM, to preview the new designs of Ely and Northwood Campus and to speak to architectural team and school administrators. 


    Northwood Campus aerial:  

    Northwood aerial


    Northwood renderings: 

    Northwood image 1

    Northwood image 2


    Pre-K wing of Northwood campus: 

    PreK at Northwood


    Northwood schematic first floor: 

    Northwood campus


    Northwood schematic second floor:

    Northwood campus 2nd floor


    Ely Elementary aerial: 

    Ely aerial


    Ely Elementary schematic: 

    Ely schematic


    Ely Elementary renderings: 

    Ely 1

    Ely 2

    Ely 3

    Ely 4



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  • Work sessions to encourage local participation in new school project

    Posted by Amy Higgins on 10/4/2017

    The Elyria City School District is embarking on a project to rebuild its aging elementary and middle schools after voters approved a bond issue last November.


    The construction management team charged with building five new schools in Elyria is Cleveland-based AGS, a conglomerate of AECOM, Greenspace Construction Services, and Scaparotti Consulting Group.


    AGS and the district’s design firm, Architectural Vision Group (AVG), Westlake, are partnering with the Lorain County Urban League to help local companies, contractors and workers participate in the nearly
    140-million-dollar construction project.


    The team will host several informational meetings and EDGE/MBE/Prequalification work sessions to help local companies and employees understand the process of getting involved.


    The meetings will take place at the Lorain County Urban League, 200 Middle Avenue, Ste. 200, in Elyria.


    Meetings/work sessions will be held from 6-8 p.m. according to the following schedule:


    • October 5, 2017
    • November 11, 2017
    • December 7, 2017
    • January 4, 2018

    The project calls for building five new schools in phases:


    • Ely Elementary School, a K-4 elementary school at the current site of Ely Elementary School
    • McKinley Elementary School, a K-4 elementary school at the current site of Hamilton School on Middle Avenue
    • Eastern Heights Campus: a K-8 campus at the current site of Eastern Heights Middle School
    • Northwood Campus: a preK-8 campus at the current site of Pioneer Field on Abbe Road
    • Westwood Campus: a K-8 campus at the current site of the Administration Center in Elyria Township

    The scope of the project also includes remodeling the existing Westwood Middle School as a new administration and maintenance center.


    Phase I will see the construction of Ely Elementary School and the Northwood Campus, and demolition of Spring Valley and Hamilton schools. Early site work will begin this fall. The Phase I buildings of Ely Elementary and Northwood Campus are tentatively slated to open in 2019.

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  • School Board reviews draft designs of two new schools

    Posted by Amy Higgins on 8/17/2017

    At the Aug. 16, 2017 Elyria Board of Education meeting, board members reviewed draft architectural sketches of the first two schools to be built in the Master Plan: Ely Elementary and the Northwood Campus (existing Pioneer Field site). 

    The sketches emerged from discussions held during a three day workshop on educational visioning for Elyria Schools. Educational visioning is a method of assessing current educational practices and curriculum delivery and planning for the future, particularly as it relates to 21st Century education. 
    The three-day visioning workshop was held in June, 2017, and pulled together about 60 staff members, parents, community members and students to discuss education today and in the future, and how facilities fit in.
    A full report from the educational visioning workshop will be posted soon to the district's website. 
    The architectural draft schematics that board members reviewed during the school board meeting are still in a fine-tuning phase by architects. The final schematic designs will be submitted to the state at the end of August, at which time they'll be shared publicly. 
    To learn more about 21st Century facilities and the Elyria Schools visioning process, please take a few moments to watch the video here.
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  • Ely Stadium renderings unveiled

    Posted by Amy Higgins on 8/16/2017

    The Aug. 16, 2017, Elyria Board of Education meeting provided a first look at renderings of the new Ely Stadium. The stadium, the surrounding multisports complex and other features are scheduled to open in the 2019-20 school year at the existing site on Middle Avenue. 

    Architectural Vision Group (AVG), of Westlake, is designing the stadium complex, as well as designing five new Elyria schools that will be built over the next five years. Elyria community members will no doubt recognize AVG as the celebrated designer of Elyria High School.

    Also at the Aug. 16 board meeting, AVG and the board's representative on the project, Paul Rigda, presented key details on the plans thus far, which included a timeline of construction activities. The unveiling of the artist renderings became the highlight of the evening, as it offered a glimpse of the exterior and interior of the new stadium. This also included a look inside the planned fieldhouse and multipurpose room, which will house batting cages, infield practice areas and more.

    The renderings are posted below.

    Ely Stadium 1

    Ely Stadium 2

    Ely Stadium 3

    Ely Stadium 4   

    Ely Stadium 5

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  • Elyria Board Names New Schools Upon Construction

    Posted by Amy Higgins on 6/28/2017

    The Elyria Board of Education stayed true to the past tonight as it named five new schools that will be built over the next five years as part of a multimillion-dollar construction project approved by voters last November.

    New Schools

    The district’s oldest buildings, McKinley and Ely, will see their names preserved.

    Ely Elementary, located at 312 Gulf Road and named after Elyria’s founding father, Heman Ely, will reopen under the same name and at the same address in 2019.

    McKinley Elementary, located at 620 E. River and named for America’s Ohio-born President, William McKinley, will close when a new elementary and middle school campus is built at the current site of Eastern Heights.

    The McKinley name will carry on at a new site: 1215 Middle Ave., the site of the former Hamilton School. The new McKinley, which will house kindergarten through fourth grade, is slated to open in 2021.

    Eastern Heights Middle School, 528 Garford Ave., now serves students in sixth through eighth grade. When it reopens by 2021 as a campus for students in kindergarten through eighth grade, it will do so at the same location and with essentially the same name: Eastern Heights Campus. The facility will sit on the land the district already owns there. The district won’t need to acquire additional property in the Eastern Heights area to build the new campus.

    Northwood Middle School, situated at 700 Gulf Road, now serves students in sixth through eighth grade. By 2019, Northwood will have a new look, a new location and a new purpose. Northwood Campus — its new name when constructed — will be located at 570 N. Abbe Road, currently the site of Pioneer Field. It will serve students in preschool through eighth grade.

    The former Spring Valley Early Education Center, 1005 Rosealee Ave., will be demolished this year as part of the larger plan to make way for Northwood Campus.

    A campus configuration won’t be a significant shift in Elyria Township, where a middle school, elementary school, preschool and administration center already share land.

    Westwood Middle School, located at 42350 Adelbert St. and serving grades six through eight, is a stone’s throw from Crestwood Elementary, the Elyria Early Childhood Village and the Board of Education office.

    The new Westwood Campus will open by 2021 at 42101 Griswold Road, serving kindergarten to eighth grade.

    The former Westwood Middle School building will be renovated and will reopen as administrative and maintenance offices by 2022.

    Campus configurations offer the best of both worlds.

    Schools co-located under one roof will realize operating efficiencies sharing HVAC systems and some multipurpose spaces. In their unique designs, however, they’ll maintain their independence and character as individual schools: elementary and intermediate. These distinct wings in the new campus will separate younger and older students to ensure they don’t co-mingle. The campus will feature separate entrances into the buildings and main offices, as well as different bell schedules to flex coming and going and help ease traffic flow. Additionally, parking areas will be designed to provide multiple entrances and exits at main thoroughfares.

    Old Schools

    Demolition of the existing schools will begin this fall with the Spring Valley building on Rosalee and the Hamilton building on Middle Avenue.

    The remaining school buildings of Crestwood, Early Childhood Village, Ely, Franklin, McKinley, Oakwood, Prospect, Windsor, Eastern Heights Middle, Northwood Middle and the Administration Center will be demolished between 2021 and 2022, when the new schools are complete.

    The project’s construction manager is AGS, a conglomerate of three entities: AECOM Technical Services; Greenspace Construction Services; and Scaparotti Consulting Group. The designer is Architectural Vision Group (AVG), which designed the new Elyria High School. The Ohio Facilities Construction Commission (OFCC) is an owner in the project, providing 67 percent of the construction funds.

    Ely Stadium

    The bond issue that voters approved last November included a provision to replace Ely Stadium with a new 5,000-seat stadium, turf football/soccer field, competition track, practice fields, a venue for the Elyria High School Pioneer Marching Band, and concessions and parking.

    Phase two of the project will include new tennis courts and new fields for baseball and softball, as well as a new field house with interior batting cages and a multipurpose area, lockers rooms and coaches offices.

    AVG is the architect on the Ely Stadium project. A builder will be selected at a later date.

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