By MORGAN MANNS

FOR THE COURIER

Fostoria Superintendent Andrew Sprang updated the school board on the district’s building project at Monday’s meeting.

Work at the future elementary building is getting ready for the fifth phase of the project, which includes creating more classrooms out of existing space in the building, adding onto the kitchen area, installing the new technology and phone systems.

Work on the new 7-12 building “seems to be progressing really well,” according to Sprang. Crews are working on getting the building completely dried in by the end of the month, at which point they will begin working on interior projects such as heating and cooling, plumbing and wall construction.

Additionally, crews are working to install a new sound system in the performing arts center. The installation should be completed in time for the spring musical, Disney’s “The Little Mermaid,” scheduled for March 22-24.

Separately, staff and students at the Fostoria Intermediate Elementary School were recognized for earning the Momentum Award again this year.

The Momentum Award recognizes schools that have received A’s on every value-added measure included in the Ohio School Report Card.

The value-added, or progress, category looks at the growth all students are making based on their past performances, according to the Ohio Department of Education. It’s the third year in a row the school has received straight A’s in the value-added component of the report card.

Sprang said of the more than 600 districts in Ohio, 70 schools received the Momentum Award this year.

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