By JIM MAURER
CAREY — Workers from Gilbane Building Co. will be on site by mid-June to begin preparations for construction of the new Carey school, which is on schedule for a fall 2016 opening.
Doug Rich, project manager and an associate with Fanning Howey of Celina, the architectural company handling building design, updated Carey school board members Monday on project plans.
Classrooms are being designed following two meetings with teachers, he said.
The building will face South Vance Street (U.S. 23) with the two-story left wing occupied by junior high and high school classes, and the two-story right wing occupied by elementary and pre-kindergarten students.
The administrative offices will be in the center, which will be the entrance point. The gymnasiums, and cafetorium, which will convert to an auditorium and includes a stage, are at the rear. Mechanical rooms will be on the second floor at the rear.
The exterior will be dark brick, with light stone accents. The bricks will be similar in color, but there will be several sizes to add variation at the base and top of the building.
Vented windows will be operational and can be opened about four inches, he said.
The interior design committee has selected beige, tan and gray as interior colors, with the gymnasiums and athletic areas highlighting the school colors of blue and white. Doors will be dark wood grain.
The design development phase will be done by the end of May, Rich said, when an updated estimate will be done. Currently, the building estimate is more than $28.94 million, slightly under budget, he said.
The design committee wanted a building design that was classical and symmetrical, Rich said, and the proposed design accomplishes that request.
Separately, the school board favored preserving the “thorough and efficient system of common schools” provision in the state Constitution, and opposed Chad Readler’s attempts to have it removed. He is chairman of the Education, Public Institutions and Miscellaneous and Local Government Committee of the state Constitution Modernization Commission.
“… We believe this would essentially remove any checks and balances that otherwise would be exercised by the judicial branch of government,” according to a resolution approved by the board.
The board also requested the clause “be strengthened by adding a provision that each Ohio student shall have the fundamental right to high quality educational opportunities.”
The resolution will be sent to members of the state Legislature, the governor, state superintendent of public instruction, members of the commission, other state officials and the media.
Separately, the board approved four-year contracts for elementary Principal Tammy Wagner and assistant junior/senior high Principal Tom Martin. Wagner’s salary will be $80,815 annually, and Martin’s salary will be $74,403 annually, effective with the 2014-2015 school year. Wagner has been in the district for 11 years and Martin for 13 years.
The board also accepted the resignation, due to retirement, of Kent Asher, athletic director, effective June 1. Asher has been in the district for 27 years. He previously was in the Jackson Center School District for eight years.
Also, the board accepted the resignation of Kelly Heban, high school teacher, effective Aug. 18. She will be moving out of state.
The board also accepted a $10,000 donation from an anonymous donor for the first-year cost of the student drug testing program previously approved by the board.
Separately, the board approved the 2014 graduation list with 72 members, dependent on completion of all requirements. Graduation will be held at 2 p.m. May 25 in the high school gymnasium.
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