Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant Virtual Museum

Local Impact of the Plant

The Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant has had a significant impact on southern Ohio. This section covers the impact the plant had during the construction phase in the 1950s.

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  Local Impact - Schools
 
Waverly East Elementary
   
SCHOOLS

The United States Office of Education approved federal aid for construction of permanent schools in the area as shown.

Temporary schools were constructed with federal funds as follows:

Jasper District: Approximately 1/4 mile west of Jasper on a 10-acre site, a 13-room elementary school. Occupancy was scheduled for January, 1955. The contract was awarded to H & N Construction Company and Blake Brothers of Columbus at a cost of $223,050 in July, 1954.

Piketon District: This district consisted of an 11 room elementary school with access walks leading from Public Housing Authority housing. The 10 acre site the school was on was adjacent to the east edge of the PHA project on Route 124 one mile east of Piketon. The contract was awarded to H&N Construction Company and Blake Brothers of Columbus at a cost of $192,050 in July, 1954.

Scioto District:  Adjacent to the southwest corner of the Wakefield trailer court on a 10-acre site was an 18-room elementary school. Occupancy was scheduled for January, 1955. The contract was awarded to Knowlton, Inc. of Bellefontaine, Ohio at a cost of $298,800 in July, 1954.

Under the permanent school program, a new 14-room elementary school was constructed at the northwest corner of re-routed State Route 124 and State Route 220. At Waverly, an 18-room elementary school was constructed.

Federal Aid for Construction of Permanent Schools
School Amount
Waverly $865,150
Piketon No. 1 $476,450
Piketon No. 2 $225,500
Clay Township-Scioto Co. $256,350
Valley Township-Scioto Co. $518,700
Minford $138,450
Jackson $241,800
Total $2,712,400



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