Portable classrooms approved PDF Print E-mail
Written by PETER KUEBECK Sentinel Staff Writer   
Friday, 31 May 2013 09:32
PERRYSBURG - A plan by the school district to increase its classroom space has cleared one hurdle.
The district received approval Thursday from the city's Planning Commission for the installation of five portable classroom units, each containing two classrooms, at Fort Meigs and Frank elementaries. The matter will now proceed to city council.
"Everything's got to happen in the next few months," said architect Tom Porter, who represented the district at the meeting.
As of Thursday, the school board had not officially voted to approve the cost of purchasing, moving and installing the units, currently located in Sylvania, for a price expected to top $621,000. However, board members gave Superintendent Tom Hosler permission to lay the groundwork for the project earlier this spring, pending a later vote.
Two of the classrooms would be installed at Fort Meigs, and the remaining three classrooms at Frank.
The school district is already making use of 15 similar temporary classrooms. The units proposed at Fort Meigs, and two of those at Frank, would be 14 feet tall and include 1,440 square feet. One unit at Frank would be larger, encompassing 2,030 feet. At Fort Meigs, the new units would be placed where a portion of existing driveway and playground are currently situated; at Frank, the classrooms would be located north of the building in the outfield of the baseball diamond next to the playground.
The purchase of the units is expected to alleviate - at least for the 2013-2014 school year - the district's burgeoning student population issue. Currently, Perrysburg has 4,878 students, a number increasing by about 70 students - or nearly three elementary classrooms - per year.
The school board is expected to reconvene its Strategic Facilities Committee in the near future to reconsider a recommendation that a $38 million middle school building for grades 7 and 8 be constructed on the high school campus, and that the current middle school be used for grades 5 and 6. The plan was originally formulated in 2011 but has yet to receive a vote.
Last Updated on Friday, 31 May 2013 09:54

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