Perrysburg approves portable classrooms
Written by PETER KUEBECK Sentinel Staff Writer
Tuesday, 04 June 2013 10:14
PERRYSBURG - Hot on the heels of a thumb's up from the city's Planning Commission last week, the School Board voted this morning to approve five portable classroom units to be placed at Frank and Fort Meigs elementary schools.
The board approved the purchase, and awarded a bid, for relocation of the units to Pac Van Inc. in the amount of $203,000.
The board began discussing the acquisition earlier this year, as the student population in the Perrysburg school district continues to balloon. There are more than 4,878 students this year, a number which grows by more than 70 students annually. The portable units will include two classrooms each, and are to be installed and ready by the time school resumes in August.
The units, two for Fort Meigs and three for Frank, are expected to alleviate the classroom space needs for the next school year. More than 15 portable classrooms are already in use across the district.
The units, coming from the Sylvania school district, must also have other necessary alterations and improvements done, including landscaping. The total cost of the project is expected to top $620,000; Sylvania originally paid $231,000 for the units when they were first purchased in 2011.
The cost of new units would have been more than $1 million.
In other business, the board:
• Approved the resignation of Toth Elementary 5th grade teacher Marsha Swanson.
• Approved the retirements of Frank reading teacher Janet Day, and Toth 3rd grade teachers Sue Schad and Sheree Shafer.
• Approved the hiring of Ray Pohlman as athletic director through the 2015 academic year.
• Scheduled an executive session-only meeting for 7 p.m. June 10.
• Heard a report from Superintendent Tom Hosler that, based on a recent survey of 856 students and parents, 55 percent of respondents favor a summer semester being offered by the school district. Physical education, math, foreign language and technology courses were at the top of the list of classes that could be offered. More than 38 percent said they would favor using summer courses to graduate early from high school; 32 percent said they weren't sure.
"This is a pretty interesting, surprising result," said Hosler.
"I think it opens the door to say, OK, let's talk about this in a more concrete way."
• Went into executive session to discuss personnel.
Board President Gretchen Downs was absent from the meeting.