Fayette school board 2.20

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

Fayette’s board of education looked at a plan Monday night that should help relieve traffic congestion when the new school opens later this year.

Jim Price of the Buehrer Group architectural firm presented a drawing for a second entry drive onto the school property off County Road R.

The second drive would intersect the front parking lot on the west edge and serve as a convenient entry for parents driving students to school.

Drivers will be able to drop children off in front of the school, then loop around and leave by the same drive, without entering the main traffic path used by school buses and students who are driving themselves to school.

The second drive will enhance safety by splitting up traffic flow, Price said, and it will provide another entry in the case of an accident in the main entrance.

The second drive will be bid as part of the final paving project, but if the cost is too high, funds from the building project contingency fund could be used. About a quarter million dollars of the original $682,000 contingency remains, Price said, and that includes the cost of the storage tank for fire fighting.

“We’re doing very well in that respect,” he said.

Eighty percent of what isn’t used in the contingency fund will go back to Columbus, noted superintendent of schools Russ Griggs.

A long-term goal calls for construction of a road at the back of the school that would connect with Rehn Drive to the west, Griggs said.

BIDS—Board members gave Price the authority to send out specifications for the final two bid packages for the new school.

Bids will be accepted for the top coat paving in the drive and parking lot, striping in the parking areas and the construction of the second drive.

The second package will cover landscape plantings.

The only bid package remaining—though not part of the new school—is the demolition of the old buildings. According to the agreement with DH Holdings, buildings are to be leveled within three months of completion of the new school, Price said, although there’s a possibility for an extension of the deadline.

Price said pricing on a 15,000 gallon submerged water tank for use by the fire department came in at $55,767. The state facilities building program approved the engineering plan and a building permit has been obtained.

School board members scheduled a tour of the new school at 5:45 p.m. before the regular March 17 meeting at 7 p.m.

  • Play Practice
    DRAMA—Fayette schools, in conjunction with the Opera House Theater program, will present two plays Friday night at the Fayette Opera House. From the left is Autumn Black, Wyatt Mitchell, Elizabeth Myers, Jonah Perdue, Sam Myers (in the back) and Lauren Dale. Other cast members are Brynn Balmer, Mason Maginn, Ashtyn Dominique, Stephanie Munguia and Sierra Munguia. Jason Stuckey serves as the technician and Trinity Leady is the backstage manager. The plays will be performed during the day Friday for students and for the public at 7 p.m. Friday.
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    CLEARING THE WAY—Road crossings in the area on the construction route of the Rover natural gas pipeline are marked with poles and flags as preliminary work nears. Ditches and field entry points are covered with thick planks in many areas to support equipment for tree clearing operations. Actual pipeline construction is progressing across Ohio toward a collecting station near Defiance. That segment of the project is expected to wrap up in July. The 42-inch line through Michigan and into Ontario is scheduled for completion in November. The line is projected to transport 3.25 billion cubic feet of natural gas every day.
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    ON THE MOVE—Six goslings head out on manuevers with their parents in an area lake. Baby waterfowl are showing up in lakes and ponds throughout the area.
  • Accident
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  • Front.teacher Leading
    PRESCHOOL MUSIC—Fayette band director Jeffrey Dunford spends the last half hour of the day leading the full-day preschool class in musical activities. Additional photos are on page 7 of this week’s Observer.
  • Front.poles
    MOVING EAST—Utility workers continue their slow progress east along U.S. 20 south of Morenci. New electrical poles are put in place before wiring is moved into place.
  • Face Paint
    FUN NIGHT FUN—Savanna Miles sits patiently while Abbie White works on a face paint design Friday during the Morenci PTO Fun Night. Gracie Snead watches the progress after having spent time in the chair. Abbie was one of several volunteer painters, each creating their own unique look. Additional photos are on the back page of this week’s Observer.

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