|Eastwood seeks space for all-day kindergarten classes|
|Written by MARIE THOMAS BAIRD Sentinel Education Editor|
|Friday, 21 September 2012 10:06|
PEMBERVILLE - Eastwood School District is looking into adding space for providing all-day kindergarten next year.
At Wednesday's board meeting, members approved a contract with Poggemeyer Design Group of Bowling Green to look into what work will need to be done to turn the bus garage behind Pemberville Elementary into classrooms.
The cost of the contract is $2,900. A budget has not yet been set for the actual project, if it is determined feasible.
"The demand for all-day kindergarten is coming out of our concern for new academic content standards and new assessments," explained Brent Welker, schools superintendent, before the meeting.
The district currently offers half-day kindergarten at both Luckey and Pemberville elementaries.
The bus garage now serves as a storage facility. It does have heat, restrooms, plumbing and electric.
"It's just a matter of figuring out whether it's worth renovating. The bones of the building are pretty good, at least we think they are," Welker explained.
The building is large enough to offer two classrooms.
If the project is not deemed feasible, then a portable classroom may be purchased.
At the Pemberville site, there are setback restrictions of three sides of the building, said Phil Donaldson, director of operations for the district. "There are issues there that we would have to sort out," he said.
Occupancy would be planned for July 1, 2013.
Poggemeyer also was hired to provide design work on a project with Penta Career Center, for a soccer field support building.
Penta's construction classes typically build one house each year, but plans for that have fallen through. Eastwood would like to add a concession stand and storage unit near its baseball and soccer fields, so that project will provide Penta students a chance to show off their skills.
The building would be about 35 feet by 40 feet. The district will be responsible for providing the materials - and has received donations for some - but will not pay Penta students for labor.
"It's a great opportunity for students at Penta," Welker said. "And it's a great opportunity for us to get an inexpensive multi-purpose facility for our complex."
He added, "It's a nice collaborative project to give Penta kids a chance."
The facility should be usable next year.
The cost of having Poggemeyer do the design work and drawings is $8,950.
Also at the meeting, the board commended Reagan Boice, Isaiah Conkle, Kyle Dierker, Ericca Hollister, Maddie Jackson, Aricka LeVoy, John Rogers, Brennan Seifert and Devin Snowden for competing in the 2012 state track and field meet in Columbus. Also recognized were Megan Selhost, as September Student of the Month at the high school, and Brendon Bennett for his Eagle Scout project at the high school.
Bennett is a junior at Perrysburg High School, but his father, Cartho, teaches at Eastwood.
The student put down lawn pavers in the courtyard around the Eagle's Nest at the high school.
"The area was an eyesore," said Donaldson. He estimated 22 volunteers worked 528 hours and provided about $10,000 in free labor to complete the project.
The board also approved field trip requests from Eastwood Marine Science to travel to Layton, Fla., for the Florida Keys Experience from June 17-24, 2013; and the Eastwood FFA to travel to DeKalb, Ind., for stockman livestock judging Oct. 19-20 this year. The science students pay their own way, and the FFA trip is funded through various sources.
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