Thursday May 25 2017
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Geneva Area City Schools Board of Education partnering with Spire Institute and to support students, expand athletic facilities

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Construction of new athletic fields and leasing of classroom space to benefit community at no cost to taxpayers

In a joint effort to support local schools and expand existing athletic facilities, the Geneva Area City Schools Board of Education and SPIRE Institute have entered into a collaborative facilities partnership. As a result, SPIRE Institute will lease property surrounding Geneva High School for 25 years and develop it by building two baseball and two softball fields, six multipurpose playing fields and a field house with locker rooms, concession stands and restrooms, with future potential expansion for additional fields. This undeveloped property will be transformed into an athletic complex for Geneva Area City Schools, SPIRE Institute students and the entire community.

In addition, SPIRE Institute will lease classrooms after school hours at Geneva High School to serve students who will attend SPIRE’s full-time boarding academy upon its opening in Fall 2012. This consists of classrooms that otherwise would be vacant, providing the school system with an important source of revenue while not disrupting Geneva High School’s academic program.

“We have consistently communicated the importance of collaborating with the leaders in our community and creating profound initiatives that have a positive impact on our youth and education,” said Ron Clutter, founder of SPIRE Institute. “This is a meaningful step as it exemplifies the vision we share with the Geneva Area Schools Board of Education and the progress we can make, now and for the future, by working together.”

In addition to providing revenue by leasing after-hours classroom space at Geneva High School, SPIRE Institute is fully covering all costs associated with building the new athletic fields at no cost to local taxpayers.

“We are excited to create an innovative partnership with SPIRE that will provide the best athletic fields in Northeast Ohio without any expense to Geneva Area City Schools,” said Ford Behm, vice president, Geneva Area City Schools Board of Education. “This substantial investment at our high school campus will really benefit our students and the numerous community recreational programs. As good stewards of our limited tax dollars, the Board is doing everything possible to offset the dramatic drop in state and federal funding.”

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