Eastwood leases Webster space PDF Print E-mail
Written by MARIE THOMAS BAIRD Sentinel Education Editor   
Tuesday, 18 December 2012 11:41
File photo. Webster Elementary when it closed in 2011 (Photo: Aaron Carpenter/Sentinel-Tribune)
PEMBERVILLE — The Eastwood Board of Education and Acadia Nursing Institute cemented a deal this morning with a signed contract.
The agreement re-opens Webster Elementary School in Scotch Ridge for educational uses.
Acadia executive director and owner Artemis Gross is wasting no time moving in. Today, she wanted to get at least one classroom set up to start taking enrollment Wednesday.
About the board’s positive vote at its meeting Monday, “It was great. I feel its a win-win situation. Its good for the community and its good for nursing,” said Gross.
She is a long-time Eastwood resident. With her at Monday’s meeting was Christie Swann, her business manager, from Perrysburg.
Acadia will use the building for its one-year LPN program and one-year bridge RN program for those who already have LPN degrees. 
The lease states that Acadia, officially Acadia Professional Careers LLC, will have the entire second floor of the building and those bottom floor classrooms not being used by the district. The district will have access to at least three bottom-floor classes for its preschool program, which it will move from its schools in Luckey and Pemberville.
Acadia also will have access to the gym for educational activities, and will receive advance notice and give consent for its use for community events.
The two-year lease will run from Jan. 1, 2013 to Dec. 31, 2014 for an total sum of $36,000, or $1,500 each month.
The district will maintain and repair areas not in use by the school, and make all repairs to the building, including plumbing and electrical services.
The district also will pay electrical, fuel oil, and water and sewer charges, as well as real estate taxes, and fire and building insurance.
The rent helps offset the cost of reopening the building, estimated at $45,000 to $50,000 the first year, but dropping after that.
The district closed Webster at the end of the 2010-11 school year as a cost-saving measure.
An added bonus to this agreement is the district no longer has to spend $250,000 to overhaul the bus garage at Pemberville for two classrooms to house all-day kindergarten.
With the reopening of Webster, preschool classes can be held in the three classrooms on the bottom floor of the school, freeing up space at Luckey and Pemberville for all-day kindergarten classes.
Enrollment at the nursing school is expected to be 10-12 in each program the first year, but should grow as Gross gets word out.
In addition to the RN and LPN programs, Gross plans to add medical assistant, massage therapy and nursing assistant programs.
Gross said she is hoping to hire part-time instructors from Wood County Hospital, where two of her daughters work.
She said she may do some painting in the classrooms, to transform them from an elementary look to a secondary education environment.
Also at the meeting, the board approved the resignation for the purpose of retirement from high school Principal Jeff Hill.
He will be retiring June 30, 2013.
According to Superintendent Brent Welker, it is the district’s plan to promote Assistant Principal Chris Fahim into the principal’s role.
The plan also includes hiring Hill as the assistant principal/athletic director.
“They are basically switching positions,” Welker wrote in his community e-mail earlier this month.
There are some changes in the STRS guidelines, and the retirement at this time will be good for Hill.
There will be a net savings to the district as well with this move.
“In addition,” Welker wrote, “Mr. Fahim is a very attractive candidate to other districts, and we are pleased that he has spurned other career opportunities to remain at Eastwood.”
Also at the meeting, the board:
• appointed John Selzer as trustee to the Pemberville Public Library Board for a seven-year term effective Jan. 1, 2013.
• set its 2013 organizational meeting and it budget hearing for 2012-14 for Jan. 2 at 6:30 p.m. The next regular meeting will be Jan. 28, at 7 p.m. in the high school study hall.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 December 2012 11:45

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