Eight Ohio community schools will share in about $17 million in state facilities funding, the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission said Thursday in announcing initial awards under a budget-funded building program for charters.

The eight schools were among 13 who applied for the up to $25 million made available in HB64 (R. Smith). To be eligible, schools had to be deemed high-performing and demonstrate their facilities projects would increase the supply of seats of high-performing schools, serve specific unmet student needs; and show innovation in design and potential as a successful, replicable school model.

Funding can go toward design and construction fees, construction, fixtures, furniture and equipment. Awards are conditional pending execution of grant agreements and final approval by the Controlling Board.

Approved schools and funding amounts are as follows:


– Citizens Academy Southeast, $1,567,128
– Columbus Collegiate Academy West, $1,698,054
– DECA Prep. Inc., $777,567
– Entrepreneurship Preparatory School Woodland Hills, $352,595 – Menlo Park Academy, $4,635,885
– Patriot Preparatory Academy, $1,912,487
– Richland Academy School of Excellence, $1,462,720
– Village Preparatory School Willard, $4,604,390