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School officials consider leasing land from village

By JIM MAURER
STAFF WRITER
CAREY — Carey school board is considering leasing some village land adjacent to the new school site.
The property is necessary for installation of utilities to the new building.
Superintendent Mike Wank said after the school board meeting Monday that school personnel have not met with village officials about the land, which is part of Memorial Park where ball diamonds and soccer fields are located.
He has contacted school attorneys to determine if a long-term lease would allow the district to qualify for state funding of the utility extension.
At the Dec. 16 Village Council meeting, Wank had inquired about another option — a possible land swap with the village.
If the district qualified for the state funding, the school board could give the existing school property on East South Street to the village. The building could be torn down, with the state paying 70 percent of the demolition cost, if that is what Village Council decides.
Gilbane Building Co., a Rhode Island-based company with offices in Columbus and Cleveland, was recently selected by the district and the state facilities commission to be the construction manager for the new school. It is the same company that managed construction of Seneca East School District’s new building, where Wank was previously superintendent.
Carey’s school construction, on about 40 acres of land on the village’s southern edge, is expected to begin in July and be completed by the end of 2015.
Cost estimates for the proposed floor plan are expected to be presented to the school board next month by Fanning/Howey Associates, the Celina-based architecture company designing the new building. Eventually, the floor plan will be presented to the public for input.
Carey voters approved a bond issue to fund about $10.9 million and the state will pay the remainder of the estimated $32 million project.
Separately Monday, the school board organized for the year with Mike Roszman being elected board president and Greg McCartney vice president. It was the first meeting for new board members Tony Wenzinger and Matthew Stombaugh, elected to four-year terms in November.
McCartney was elected to complete an unexpired term and board member Mark Armstrong was re-elected to a four-year term.
The board will continue to meet at 7 p.m. on the second Monday monthly.
Separately, the board approved a tax budget for fiscal year 2015, which includes a beginning unencumbered balance of more than $4.9 million; estimated revenue of about $8.1 million; estimated expenditures and encumbrances of about $8.8 million; and an estimated ending balance of $4.2 million.
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