Fayette school board 5.21

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

Paving, landscaping, seeding.

Those are the big chores still ahead at Fayette’s new K-12 school as the project moves toward completion.

Jim Price of the Buehrer Group architectural firm told board of education members Monday that construction is completed.

Beyond the external jobs listed above, workers are spending time going through “punch lists”—a process of looking through the various components of the building to make sure items were installed satisfactorily and to double check for problems. Once punch lists are completed—determining that all facets of the contract were met—the building is turned over to the school district.

Price noted that the kitchen and plumbing have both passed inspection and the fire alarm system has been tested.

Final cleaning of the building is underway and floor waxing should be complete next week. The fire protection pump is complete, although water flow calculations are needed by the state fire marshal.

STORAGE BUILDING—Price says he has backed away from the proposal to construct a steel storage building due to costs and he will next obtain estimates for a pole building.

The rising price of steel put costs at about $200,000 for a 30- by 50-foot structure, Price said, when utility extension costs are figured in.

DEMOLITION—Price will meet with the Ohio EPA to discuss demolition concerns at the secondary building. In addition, a survey needs to be completed due to numerous ground water monitoring wells installed on school property.

At the Franklin building, the entire site will be cleared and graded, with the exception of the storage building and the asphalt leading up to the building. Board president Paula Schaffner noted that the storage building once served as a school house.

Only two pieces of playground equipment will be moved to the new school. Older equipment would have to be brought up to present code if moved.

SIDEWALKS—Superintendent Russ Griggs said there has been discussion about the lack of a sidewalk on County Road R from the South Fayette Street intersection by the Church of the Nazarene to the edge of the school property where a new walk was installed.

Griggs said a street crossing would probably be safer where the school property ends rather than at the intersection where traffic would be heavier.

Teacher Suzette Boesger spoke with village manager Amy Metz about the issue. Metz is investigating grant possibilities and she would eventually like to install a walk to the west to Clay Meadows apartments.

Boesger also spoke about the possibility of obtaining donations for a sidewalk.

INTERSECTION—Board member Dave Brinegar reminded the board about concerns expressed in the past in regard to the intersection east of the school at County Road 23. Because of the hill leading up to the intersection, visibility is reduced and traffic is expected to increase when the school opens.

Brinegar suggested that a stop sign should be installed at the location for southbound traffic on CR-23.

FUNDS—Griggs noted a change in policy from the Ohio School Facilities Commission (OSFC) in which leftover construction funds can be used for the benefit of the district rather than returned to the state.

He spoke of the possibility of seeking funds for a wind turbine that might contribute up to 25 percent of the building’s electrical needs. He met with the Buehrer Group about the issue and intends to involve the University of Toledo.

OSFC funds cannot be used for athletic facilities, Griggs said in response to a question from the audience. He will meet this week with representatives from the Fayette Athletic Boosters to discuss facilities and fund raising, but he sees no change from the current arrangement—using the village ball fields and traveling to other schools for track meets—in the foreseeable future.

Board members approved an agreement with the village to use the ball fields for the 2008-09 school year at a cost of $3,000.

LIBRARY—Griggs said it was his understanding that the board would be severing the existing agreement with Normal Memorial Library due to the distance from the new school, although, he said, that has not been presented to the library board.

He said a discussion with the library staff is needed to determine what services might be provided for the new school.

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