|Facilities Moving Forward (6-17-13)|
|Written by PETER KUEBECK, Sentinel Staff Writer|
|Monday, 17 June 2013 18:43|
PERRYSBURG – The district is getting along with some of its facilities planning.
"I know that we're moving forward with the projects and the students and staff are out of the buildings, we're underway," said Superintendent Tom Hosler as he spoke to the board of education Monday.
Facilities and space issues have been a continuing theme at recent school board meetings as the district's population of more than 4,878 students continues to increase by more than 70 students a year. The rise has necessitated shuffling teachers among the elementary schools, and adding an additional five mobile classroom units to Frank and Fort Meigs Elementaries.
Earlier this month, the board approved a $203,000 plan to buy and move the units, which will include a total of 10 classrooms, from Sylvania City Schools to their respective schools. An additional $124,998 contract with Downey Plumbing and Heating for electrical work in the units was also approved Monday.
New units are expected to take care of classroom space concerns for the next academic year.
The portables have been disassembled and are on their way to the district, said Hosler.
The district is planning to revisit a $38 million plan first broached in 2011 that would build a new school for 7th and 8th graders on the high school campus, and use the current junior high school for fifth and sixth graders.
"I do know that, just to give the board fair warning, we do need to continue the dialogue on the long-term facilities planning," said Hosler.
"As we move forward with this, it is something that we'll need to bring back around."
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