Fayette school board hears report on food service 7.23

Written by David Green.

Fayette board of education members viewed a proposed layout for athletic facilities at the new school and received pricing on a storage building for the new school campus.

Jim Price of the Buehrer Group architectural firm showed the board a drawing that would place a softball diamond, baseball diamond and running track east of the new school.

“It’s critical that it’s designed correctly and laid out correctly with regard to drainage,” said superintendent Russ Griggs.

Otherwise, money might be spent in corrective action.

Board members voted to pay $10,000 for design work, including a final $3,000 if the plan is used.

While on the subject of school grounds, trustee David Brinegar asked for conformation that the grounds have not yet been turned over to the district.

Eric Wiemken, construction engineer, said that grass seeding is scheduled in early August and the weedy appearance will soon disappear.

Price told the board that estimates for the 32-foot by 56-foot storage garage put the price around $50,000 for the building only. He guessed the total cost might be close to $75,000.

Brinegar suggested waiting until the total costs are known before moving forward with any decision.

DEMOLITION—Wiemken learned at a meeting with Ohio EPA that existing sidewalks and parking areas can remain in place when the buildings are torn down.

The Ohio EPA expressed concern that existing monitoring wells must remain in place after demolition.

SPEAKER—State representative Bruce Goodwin will speak at the dedication of the new school scheduled at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 17.

FEES—Student fees for elementary students will increase from $35 to $45 this year. The money helps cover the costs of workbooks, magazines and other materials.

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