Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic School
320 North Locust Street
Ottawa, Ohio 45875

Phone: (419) 523-3697

Frequently Asked Questions


Will there be any changes to the present Locust Street school building?

There are no plans to make any modifications to the current classroom configuration of the Locust Street school building. Questions have arisen regarding the drawing in our Case Booklet, but this was a result of the architect presenting one possible concept. Our Building Committee and staff have no plans to modify the current configuration, therefore the Building Committee has opted not to incur any additional costs to have the architect modify the drawings. The plan will be finalized when we know how much money has been raised in our campaign and these drawings will be completed as well.


Is our Population in Ottawa increasing or decreasing?

The population of Ottawa, Ohio has been stable since 2000. The population was 4,370 in 2000; 4,460 in 2010; and 4,406 in 2016. These numbers follow a population of 3,874 in 1980. The population of Putnam County has also been stable. The population of Putnam County was 34,763 in 2000, 34,459 in 2010, and 34,042 in 2015. Interestingly, the population of Putnam County was 32,525 in 1900. It appears that our parish will continue to serve a similar number of families going forward from 2018. Everyone probably concedes that we are losing too many young people to urban areas like Columbus after graduation from college. However, we also hear of young families wanting to return to the small town environment of Ottawa once their children reach school age. We must keep in mind that we are replacing a building not expanding a school.


Do we have Village approval for building in Flood Zone?

Per the Village of Ottawa, a school building is considered a critical structure, required to be at the 500-year flood elevation or elevated to the highest known historical flood level (2007) whichever is greater. We will comply with all village rules.


Could we use the daycare building for classrooms?

The old convent is not a feasible option as the remodeling needed to bring the building to current school standards would be prohibitive compared to a new facility.


 Will we meet the zoning standards?

There should be no problems in meeting the zoning standards of the Village of Ottawa as the area is already classified for a school building. We will be able to meet boundary setbacks, etc.


 Will there be additional parking in the addition plan?

Parking for the faculty and visitors will be a section of the current church parking lot and spaces for ADA near the proposed ramp of the addition.


 Is the new building planned to accommodate a second story?

The foundation for the new building could be strengthened to accommodate a story sometime in the future, but the need and feasibility of that contingency does not appear to be appropriate for the population history of the area.


 What is the projection for future school enrollment?

Although school enrollments have decreased throughout the region in recent years, the enrollments seem to have leveled off at this time. We have studied our first grade enrollment numbers over the past ten years. Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic School has averaged 27% of the potential enrollment in the school district. At the first grade level, Glandorf Elementary has averaged 7 students through intra-district enrollment over the past five years. In 2015-2016, Ottawa-Glandorf school district stopped intra-district enrollment which we feel could positively impact our enrollment numbers. With the maximum number of students per classroom of 25 students, two classrooms would have been required in seven of the last ten years totaling 18 classrooms. The Locust Street building currently houses 10 classrooms and the Fourth Street building houses 6 classrooms leaving a deficit of 2 classrooms for future enrollment.


 

How much do we need upfront for the diocese to provide us a loan?

Sixty-five (65%) of construction cost is to be available in cash, not including in-kind donations, and the balance of the project’s cost is to be secured with valid pledges, which are to be fulfilled within three (3) years.


Will the campaign offer Naming Rights?

We could name a classroom, office space, corridor, or parts of the structure for the donor (person or organization) who provided the funds for that part of the structure.


 Can Endowment Fund be used?

The Saints Peter and Paul School Educational Foundation was established as a trust with specific governing provisions. Those provisions state that only the income generated by the trust’s principle may be spent and spent only for school operations. The trust principle is not available for capital needs as none of the principle may be spent. (In the unlikely event SPPS should ever close, the endowment would continue to fund religious education needs of the parish.) For the 2018-2019 school year, the endowment provided $155,000 in operational funds for the school.


 Will there be an opportunity for In Kind donations?

We believe that in-kind donations would be welcome. However, such gifts would have to be coordinated through the building committee in light of the type, kind, and quality of materials required by the architect. All in-kind donations of materials will be considered prior to the bidding process to be fair to all the bidders.


 What is the cost estimate of tearing down the 4th street building?

An estimate of $100,000 was provided to tear down the existing 4th street building. All hard materials, such as concrete, would be recycled to be used as fill.


 Can we use the funds from our Reverse Raffle?

The Reverse Raffle has become a huge success for Saints Peter and Paul School and the Parish School of Religion. However, all the proceeds of the Reverse Raffle go toward the current year operational costs of the school and the parish school of religion. Although, a huge success, the money from the reverse raffle will not build the facilities we need. In addition and most importantly, if money from the Reverse Raffle would be funneled elsewhere, tuition and parish subsidies would have to be increased to cover the loss of those funds to the schools’ operating needs.