Kent State Trustees Sign Off on a Property Deal with a Local School District

Sep 12, 2018

Kent State’s Geauga County campus is about to see a major building project.  But it’s not for the university.

Eric Mansfield, Executive Director of University Media Relations
Credit TIM RUDELL / WKSU

The university board of trustees approved leasing some of the Kent campus in Burton to a local school system. In May, voters in the Berkshire School District approved a $28-million dollar bond issue to build a pre-K-through-12 complex on the site. 

Kent State spokesman Eric Mansfield says this is a partnership plan that’s actually been in the works for over a year. “So the students will see, as they’re in elementary school, middle school, high school levels, college right there.  They’ll see it as a natural progression of their education process. And not only that, our students who let's say work in education have a chance to work in the high school or middle school environment. We believe it’s a win-win.  Every one of our regional campuses has a different tie to its community.  This one really strengthens our ties to Geauga County.”

The Berkshire local school district serves Burton and parts of five surrounding townships.