Carey board reviews new school plans

CAREY — The schematic drawings for the new Carey school show a structure with separate two-story academic wings for junior/senior high school and elementary students, two gymnasiums and an auditeria — a cafeteria with a stage and 150 fixed seats.
Doug Rich, an architect with Fanning-Howey Architects, Celina, the company designing the new school, presented the preliminary floor plan drawings Monday to the Carey school board, which approved the idea.
Company representatives have met 10 times with a 13-member design committee of community and school representatives to discuss all aspects of the new building, he said, from food service to technology. A public meeting was held in October, when residents presented their opinions of various design aspects via an interactive computer program.
The auditeria will have additional seats which will fold up off to the sides, he said. Overall, there will be space for 650 individuals, he said.
The main gymnasium will have bleachers for 1,000 individuals and a student section on one end where there will be bleachers for an additional 180-200 individuals, he said. The gymnasiums and auditeria will be located at the rear of the building.
The administrative offices will be in the center of the building’s main entrance, which will face Vance Street. Glenn Avenue will be extended to provide access to the property, too.
The main parking lot will be on the north side of the building, with a smaller parking lot for elementary staff on the south side. There will be a loop driveway in the front for buses to pull in and out on South Vance Street.
Parents who drive students to school will enter the property on a two-way drive, which will turn into a one-way drive away from the bus lanes.
The architects are in the design development stage and changes can be made to any part of the preliminary plans. Gilbane Building Co., a Rhode Island-based company with offices in Cleveland and Columbus, will construct the building, which is expected to be ready for occupancy by fall 2016.
Construction cost is estimated at more than $28.9 million, Rich said.
The school will be constructed adjacent to Memorial Park. It will have about 131,000 square feet of space with mechanical equipment inside for easier maintenance. The state will pay 70 percent. District residents approved a 6.5-mill bond issue last year to pay about $10.9 million of the project, and a long-term 0.5-mill levy to fund building maintenance.
Rich praised school district personnel and the community effort “to get to this point” and said the design provides a “good direction to move forward.”
A community meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Feb. 24 in the school auditorium. A presentation on drainage from the new school property will be shown, Superintendent Mike Wank said.
The presentation has already been shown to village, school and township personnel, he said, and the plan will “exceed requirements” for the property.
The board also held an executive session Monday for the stated purpose of discussing teacher and non-teacher contracts and a possible property transfer. No action was taken.
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