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Article originally published in This Week News by Sara Sole | May 21, 2019

The Dublin City Schools’ 14th elementary school, currently under construction in Jerome Village, will be known as Abraham Depp Elementary School.

Dublin Board of Education members voted unanimously May 20 to approve the name, according to Doug Baker, the district’s public-information officer.

Located near the Jerome Village housing development, a historical marker for the Abraham Depp Freedom Station is nearby.

Depp was born a slave and moved to Columbus upon gaining his freedom in 1831, according to a school district news release.

Depp helped escaped slaves travel to Canada by allowing them to stay in the cellar of his Harriott Road home.

“We are thrilled to be able to recognize the accomplishments of Abraham Depp and recognize this important time in local and national history,” Dublin Superintendent Dr. Todd Hoadley said in a written statement. “The Depp name has such a rich history in the area.”

School board members selected the name from options suggested by a naming committee that also presented options for the district’s other new elementary school building — Hopewell Elementary School off Bright Road.

Abraham Depp and Hopewell are both expected to open for the 2020-21 school year. Both buildings will be built for a 720-student capacity.

Construction for both schools is a total of $47.4 million. Funding will come from the combination $195 million bond issue, a 2-mill permanent-improvements levy and a 5.9-mill operating levy voters approved in November.

The skies may have been a little gray on Friday afternoon but the future is looking bright for Dublin City Schools and residents of Jerome Village.

A groundbreaking ceremony was held Friday, April 12 from 1pm – 2pm at the Dublin City School site located off of Ravenhill Parkway following Hopewell Elementary ground breaking that occurred from 11am – 12pm. Speakers of the event included Superintendent Dr. Todd Hoadley, Board of Education President Scott Melody, President and COO of Nationwide Realty Investors Brian Ellis and Union County Commissioner Christiane Schmenk.

According to the Dublin City School District Superintendent, Dr. Todd Hoadley, an elementary naming committee has begun meeting and will be making facility name recommendations to the board in May.

The school is scheduled to open in the fall of 2020.



Join the Jerome Village builders for a Community-Wide Open House

Friday April 12, Saturday April 13, and Sunday April 14: 12 pm – 4 pm

Download a Community-Wide Open House Model Home Map

Located in Dublin City Schools, Jerome Village offers 16 neighborhoods featuring a diverse range of architectural styles, home sizes and price points to meet your needs.

Come explore more than 10 homes – from beautifully decorated models, to move in ready spec homes.

3 Pillar Homes: 11325 Winterberry Drive

Located in Eversole Run, $750k – $2mil.

Arthur Rutenberg Homes: 11170 Plum Ridge Place

Located in Plum Ridge Place, $1.5+ mil.

Arthur Rutenberg Homes: 11316 Periwinkle Way

Located in Eversole Run, $750k – $2mil.

Compass Homes: 10626 Arrowwood Drive

Located in the Arrowwood Neighborhood, $550k – $750k

Coppertree Homes: 11363 Winterberry Drive

Located in Eversole Run, $750k – $2mil.

Epcon Communities: 10475 Elderberry Drive

Located in The Courtyards at Jerome Village, $350k – $550k

Fischer Homes: 8005 Lilium Way

Located in the Wren Wood Neighborhood, $400k – $600k

Manor Homes: 8078 Lilium Way

Located in the Wren Wood Neighborhood, $400k – $600k

Manor Homes: 11390 Cedar Crest Drive (2018 BIA Parade Home)

Located in Eversole Run, $750k – $2mil.

Pulte Homes: 11547 Sumner Way

Located in the Wren Wood Neighborhood, $400k – $600k

Rockford Homes: 7385 Willowbrush Drive

Located in the Willowbrush Neighborhood, $400k – $500k

Rockford Homes: 11881 Warbler Way

Note: Spec home open April 13 and April 14 only

Romanelli & Hughes: 11319 Periwinkle Way (2018 BIA Parade Home)

Located in Eversole Run, $750k – $2mil.

Schottenstein Homes: 7421 Yarrow Run Road

Located in the Willowbrush Neighborhood, $400k – $500k

We are looking forward to the official groundbreaking of the new elementary school off of Ravenhill Parkway, in Jerome Village. The ceremony will take place on Friday, April 12 from 1pm – 2pm.

According to the Dublin City School District Superintendent, Todd Hoadley, an elementary naming committee has begun meeting and will be making facility name recommendations to the board in May. The elementary school that will be located off of Bright Road was just recently named Hopewell by the community.

With any typical elementary school development, exterior amenities such as recreational areas and basketball equipment are to be expected.

The school is scheduled to open in the fall of 2020.

Add groundbreaking event to your calendar.

We will be repeating the electronic submittal process we rolled out last spring for all residents’ 2019 Jerome Village Community Center Membership Application.

The application is required to be filled out annually. Instructions for completion can be found under the Community Center page of the website, HERE

All membership IDs will require a new 2019 sticker to display for the pool season. The stickers can be picked up at the community center office after completing your application.

Additional information regarding the pool opening will be distributed later this spring.

*All member households are required to complete the 2019 electronic application by Monday, May 20, 2019New JVCC members can also schedule an appointment during normal operation hours to have your family photos taken and the ID created.  

The 40-acre site we donated to the Dublin City School District for an elementary school has increased to 43-acres with an additional 3-acres donation to the District.

The added acreage will allow the elementary school to provide separate lanes for buses and vehicles, creating multi access points for entering and exiting school grounds.

In addition, the added acreage will expand the grounds of the school site so that the beautiful tree line encircling the property will be maintained, consistent throughout the Jerome Village development.

With a construction agreement in place, Dublin City Schools has set a ground breaking for April 12.

According to the Dublin City School District Superintendent, Todd Hoadley, an elementary naming committee has begun meeting and will be making facility name recommendations to the board this spring.

With any typical elementary school development, exterior amenities such as recreational areas and basketball equipment are to be expected.

The school is scheduled to open in the fall of 2020.




The Dublin City School District now has a price tag for the construction of its two new elementary schools.

On Jan. 14, school board members unanimously approved a resolution for a guaranteed maximum price for construction-management firm Corna Kokosing Construction Co., said district spokesman Doug Baker.

A guaranteed maximum price, or GMP, is an agreement on a cost that can’t be exceeded, based upon a project scope, according to Jeff Stark, chief operating officer for the district. Unless there are changes in the project scope or unforeseen conditions, the construction company would pay anything over the agreed cost, he said.

Corna Kokosing’s GMP is $47,411,030, according to a school board memo associated with the resolution.

Funding for the two buildings, which will be on Bright Road and off Ravenhill Parkway in Jerome Village, will come from the combined $195 million bond issue, 2-mill permanent-improvements levy and 5.9-mill operating levy voters approved in November.


District officials said in November they hoped to break ground on both buildings by March.

The district also is moving forward with design for a new middle school that would be built near the elementary school in Jerome Village.

Also on Jan. 14, board members unanimously approved a resolution allowing the commencement of contract negotiations with OHM Advisors for professional design services for the construction of the middle school, Baker said.

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What are zero-energy homes and are they worth it?

With a new year around the corner and increasing news about climate change, we thought it would be appropriate to talk about net-zero; which is a home that nets zero energy-cost by the end of the year. Net-zero homes are the newest buzzword for highly efficient “green” homes. It is incredibly innovative and indeed fashionable – but is it affordable? More importantly, is it even worth it? We will be explaining exactly how net-zero works, net-zero retrofitting existing homes, and the costs.

What Makes Net-Zero Different?

Some homes can achieve zero energy costs by covering their roofs with excess solar panels and windmills, but this often is extremely expensive to install and maintain. Additionally, it often is not aesthetically pleasing. Old homes that are renovated for zero energy can also result in a lot of “wasted” energy. These retrofits on existing homes often have difficulty paying off. In fact, it may take 20 years or more to pay off renovations like these.

Net-zero eliminates some of these problems.


A real net-zero home is built from the ground up with the intention of cost and energy reduction in mind. First, the structure is designed with highly insulative walls and windows. These walls and windows are combined to create an air-tight home, which decreases energy loss. With an air-tight seal, it takes very little energy to heat or cool a house – this means far fewer solar panels are needed on the roof to create a sufficient energy source.

Retrofitting a home to become airtight can be extremely expensive, often making it not worth it. The cost of insulating an older house also depends upon the climate zone. Ohio is in Zone 5, requiring a more cold-resistant material. To be effective, “net-zero” should be planned well in advance of building a new home.

Will it pay off?

One of the most interesting features of net-zero homes is that they are still connected to the local power grid. There are a couple of ways that these houses reduce cost:

Batteries: Net-zero homes sometimes store unneeded energy produced from their solar panels in batteries. This energy can be conserved for cloudy days or when outdoor temperature becomes turbulent. Batteries also allow for the storage of electricity when energy costs are low. When building your home, it is estimated how long it will take for energy savings to pay off compared to purchasing energy from the utility grid. If the estimated cost of generating your own energy becomes higher than the grid’s price at any time, you can store the energy for later and purchase from the grid instead. This shortens the amount of time that will be needed to return on your investment in zero energy.

Selling energy: Some local grids allow net-zero homes to sell their excess energy. This can reduce the price of batteries while providing similar returns. On very sunny days with mild temperature, you may find yourself with electricity to spare – this electricity is fed into your local grid, who then compensates you for the energy, thus expediting the return on investment. During an emergency or cloudy day, power can always be purchased from the grid if you didn’t install batteries.

Pros and Cons

Net-zero can provide a clean and comfortable home. The insulation and air-tight features reduce drafts and temperature fluctuation. Additionally, outside noise is highly reduced. You are also leaving a minimal carbon footprint!

Unfortunately, this can all be very expensive, and many utility companies still do not support some of the features that make net-zero “real net-zero.” Some areas also make net-zero less feasible, like living in the woods, for instance. The more shade – the less energy production. With increasing concerns over climate change and renewable energy, it is likely that these installments and innovations will become more affordable at some point in the future. For now, the most feasible option is to learn about ways to reduce your current energy consumption.