Lake hire consultants to help oversee construction of school


MILLBURY – A Cleveland company will help Lake administrators through the process of building a new high
Project Management Consultants was hired for $85,000 at Wednesday’s regular and organizational board
meeting. Patrick O’Brien, an engineer and certified construction manager, will assist in the day-to-day
work on the new high school.
Board President Tim Krugh said he expects the fee to be covered by insurance.
Krugh also said O’Brien is an expert in the "bridging, design, building model," which Lake is
using. It essentially allows the district to skip the bidding process to hasten construction by about a
year. According to the PMC Web site, O’Brien has managed more than $500 million in Ohio school
construction projects.
In other building news, Superintendent Jim Witt said the bricks from the old high school, which was
destroyed in a June 5 tornado, will not be used in the pillars of the new entrance sign.
The leftover bricks are too nicked and are all different sizes. Witt said the old bricks will be used for
something at the new building, possibly a flower bed.
Work is also continuing on planning the new cafeteria, Witt said. Athletic Director Dave Shaffer is also
starting to select equipment for the gym and fieldhouse.
"It is moving quickly, very quickly," Witt said.
The new school, featuring a two-story atrium, 1,800-seat gym and a separate academic area, is expected to
open by August 2012. The entire project is estimated at $25.5 million. Construction is expected to begin
in March.
Rudolph/Libbe, Walbridge, is the builder. The Collaborative, Toledo, is the architect.
Also at the meeting, the board:
¥ Approved teacher retirement resignations, effective May 31, from Mark Krift, middle school physical
education, and George Peifer, fifth grade.
¥ Recognized several students. Stormi Roelle and Keon Mullins were selected for the high school honors
band. Stormi will also participate in the New Band Music Reading Clinic. Megan D’Clute, Ashley Folley
and Ryan Wires were selected for the music reading clinic and eighth-grade honors band. Artwork by
Alyssa Webster, J.D. Simon and Melissa Emerling is published in the Wood County 2011 Safety Kids
¥ Accepted donations from Owens Community College culinary arts program/hospitality management program,
$207, and memorial for Fred Kamps, $110.
¥ Heard the "Hall of Fame" has been pushed back to 2013 when the new building is open.
¥ Re-elected Krugh as president and Margene Akenberger as vice president. The board will continue to meet
on the third Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. in the middle school media center, except for June.

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