GREENVILLE — High-achieving students received accolades during the Greenville City Schools Board of Education meeting Thursday.
Jeremy Eshbaugh was presented a certificate by the board for being recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. Of the 1.5 million students who take the PSAT nationally, Eshbaugh was among the 50,000 highest scorers.
Addison Hart was presented a certificate and check for earning the Board of Education Art Award. Her artwork was chosen for permanent display in the Anna Bier Civic Room of St. Clair Memorial Hall.
A third student, Olivia Herron, was commended for winning the 4-Way Rotary Speech local competition, earning her the right to participate in the district competition. She was unable to receive her certificate in person that evening.
The board received updates on construction at the district’s K-8 building on Ohio Street as well as details regarding continuing renovations at the high school.
Project Manager Steve Schroeder of Shook Touchstone Construction told the board there are now about 125 people working at the K-8 site on any given day, including weekends.
“With the warm weather returning, we’re trying to take advantage of that,” he said.
Schroeder said finish work on the inside of the building will soon begin, including painting, ceilings grids and floors. As well, work on the roof continues. Windows and translucent panels are also being installed.
“As far as the windows go, we’re looking to get about 10 to 15 windows a day. It should take us close to four weeks to get those complete,” he said.
When asked his thoughts on the November 15 deadline for completion, Schroeder said, “That’s our substantial completion date. We have every intention of hitting that and our schedule shows we’re on track for making that happen.”
Schroeder also discussed with the board an alternate plan for playground areas at the K-8 building, suggesting the use of a pour-in-place rubberized material versus the fragmented, rubberized mulch originally budgeted.
“Contractors come in, we set all the playground equipment, we get everything in place, this contractor comes in and pours this material in…everywhere under the playground areas,” he said, explaining the surface has a cushion-like quality to help mitigate injuries from falls. It also would make the playground area more easily accessible for students in wheelchairs.
Schroeder said one contractor had provided a $310,000 estimate for the work. If money previously set aside for the mulch were applied to the upgrade, the cost would be $280,598.53.
Bruce Miller of Garmann-Miller Engineering told the board that so far construction crews have only used about $48,000 of $250,000 set aside for utilities and despite ongoing construction, he thought it would be feasible to pull $100,000 over to help cover the playground upgrade. The board agreed, with Fries mentioning that money would also be available from the sale of Woodland Heights property and donations from the PTA, thus avoiding dipping into contingency funds.
Miller gave the board an update on proposed parking lot and entrance renovations at the high school, as well as plans to erect a pole barn at the K-8 building for outdoor equipment. Conduit for electric and water would be run to the pole barn and could be extended for other purposes as well.
In other business, the board approved a recommendation to dispose of a 2012 Chevy Volt electric car used by the school’s Auto Tech program in “the most advantageous manner possible in order to aid both the school district and the Auto Tech program.”
Stan Hughes, director at Greenville Career Tech Center, said the school has considered three ideas for what should be done with the car.
“One is to sell it for retail. One is to let Hittle [Buick/GMC] put it up for wholesale…the other would be to keep it but we’ve decided not to pursue that option,” he said.
When asked about its value, Hughes said the school was getting quotes from area dealers, but estimated it was likely worth about $10,000.
The board approved a resolution approving a Gauranteed Maximum Price (GMP) amendment to release funds in the amount of $3,478,726 for the purchase of loose furnishings and technology equipment for the K-8 school.
The board voted to approve a memorandum of understanding between Greenville City Schools and Anthony Wayne Early Childhood Center (AWECC) which would have AWECC students and staff transported by district buses to a safe location in the event that an emergency at the AWECC rendered it “unsafe for occupancy.”
The board approved 1-, 2-, 3-year and continuing contracts with teachers at all the district’s schools, effective with the 2016-2017 school year.
Greenville Board of Education meetings are held the third Thursday of each month beginning at 7 p.m. Meetings are held in the Anna Bier Civic Room of St. Clair Memorial Hall, 215 West Fourth Street in Greenville. Sessions are open to the public. Meeting dates and times are subject to change.
For further information or to contact board members, visit the board’s website at www.greenville.k12.oh.us/BoardofEducation.aspx.