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Norton district planning for building project

5/23/2013 - South Side Leader
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By Ariel Hakim

The Norton City Schools Board of Education approved a resolution to accept the Ohio School Facilities Commission’s (OSFC) establishment of a new scope, estimated basic project cost and local share in a classroom facilities assistance program during the May 20 meeting.

Superintendent David Dunn said the resolution granted approval from the OSFC for the scope of a building project. District officials have said the plans would involve building a new high school and the demolition of Cornerstone and Grill elementary schools for around $32 million.

Plans indicate the current high school would house junior high students, and the current middle school would become an elementary school.

“We are in line to receive 51 percent of that cost from the Ohio [School] Facilities Commission,” said Dunn. “So, we’re excited about what the next year might bring for us, and we’ll be providing more information, and the details of what will be on the ballot exactly will be coming before too long. We will be on [the ballot] in November.”

In other business, the board approved:

  • a resolution opposing expanding the EdChoice Scholarship Program;
  • an updated five-year financial forecast, reflecting the addition of two additional Norton Middle School teachers due to increasing class sizes, according to Treasurer Stephanie Hagenbush. The forecast does not include anything new in regards to the state budget, she said;
  • personnel items, including several retirements, new teacher J.J. Thornberry (high school art) and nearly a hundred supplemental positions for next school year;
  • summer reading lists for the middle school and high school;
  • a list of 2012-13 expected graduates;
  • a one-year contract beginning July 1 for property, fleet and liability insurance with the Ohio School Plan at cost of $63,780; and
  • to award a project for crack filling and sealcoating asphalt pavement to Ohio Paving & Construction at a cost of $69,640.

The board recognized:

√ Norton High School’s 33-member percussion ensemble, under the direction of Dan Eakin and the leadership of Rob Ferguson, who finished seventh at the WGI World Finals in Dayton April 18;

√ the district’s School Bus Driver Safety Road-E-O team, including Lowell Weber, an aide and substitute driver who finished first in a statewide competition May 18. Weber qualified to compete in the School Bus Driver International Safety Competition in Tulsa, Okla., in July, according to Paul Stoneking, director of transportation; and

√ students of the month, including Brayden Penrod for Grill, Joe Patterson for Norton Middle School and Mike Witzberger for Norton High School.

The next Committee-of-the-Whole meeting is set for June 10 at 5:15 p.m. at the Administration Building, 4128 S. Cleveland-Massillon Road, and the next regular meeting will be June 17 at 7:30 p.m. in the Norton High School Media Center, 4108 S. Cleveland-Massillon Road.

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