CANFIELD, Ohio (WYTV) – After one year of planning and construction, the Mahoning County Educational Service Center is officially open in Canfield.
The board of governors and 22 kids from schools across Mahoning County opened the $8.5 million building on Thursday.
“We’re really excited to be here today and cut the ribbon to our new building,” said MCESC Superintendent Ron Iarussi.
Hammond Construction won the bid to not only construct the building, but also to design it.
“It’s slightly less than a 40,000 square foot building, so about 35,515 square feet,” said Bob McCauliffe. “We’re able to still take bids. We advertised and bid the work to local companies as subcontractors to Hammond and then constructed the entire facility.”
Iarussi says the funding mechanism by which the building was built, along with the lease agreements, will result in the district saving money.
With the new facility, several different educational entities will be housed in one space. Ron says teachers and administrators in other districts are going to receive quality professional development.
“This facility has all of the 21st century, state-of-the-art technology that they can learn about and take back to their districts,” he said. “The end result of all of this is that it benefits the students and raises the level of education they’ll receive back in the districts.”
Currently, MCESC services over 18 districts in Mahoning, Columbiana and Trumbull counties.