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Norton school board moves forward with construction project

3/20/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Julia Kazar

The Norton City Schools Board of Education unanimously approved a resolution March 17 that helps move the district’s school construction project forward.

The board approved a project agreement for segment one of the construction project with the Ohio School Facilities Commission. According to board member Pat Santelli, this agreement gives the go ahead with plans for the first phase of the building project.

This past November, voters approved a 3.89-mill bond issue that allows the district to build a new high school and close two of its oldest buildings. According to the agreement, the total cost for the project is about $32 million, with the bond issue raising $15.8 million and the state contributing $16.3 million.

According to district officials, the project includes the construction of a new high school, as well as converting the current high school into the middle school and selling or demolishing the aging Cornerstone and Grill elementary schools. The current middle school will be used as an elementary school for first through fourth grades.

The board also approved a contract for the purchase of property located at 3699 Easton Road.

According to Business Manager Ken Caldwell, purchasing this property will give the district access to Easton Road, which connects to other property the district already owns.

According to the contract, the land is about 2.42 acres, and the district will pay $105,000 for the property.

In other business, the Board of Education approved:

  • a trip to France for high school students for June 12-19, 2015;
  • an overnight trip for April 10-11 to Tolles Career Center for high school students to compete in the state HOSA-Future Health Professionals competition;
  • an overnight trip for April 10-12 to Marion for high school students to compete in the National Robotics Competition;
  • an overnight trip for April 15-16 to Columbus for high school students to compete in the state SkillsUSA competition;
  • parental unpaid leave for Jackie Somerville, a counselor at Cornerstone Elementary;
  • the hiring of the following classified substitute personnel, pending background and a license check: Paul Eader, Patricia Cantwell, Laura Thayer and David Williams;
  • the hiring of Edward Savoy as a volunteer high school track coach and JJ Thornberry as a volunteer girls softball coach; and
  • the hiring of Dan DiPasquale as the head coach of the high school girls soccer team.

The next regular school board meeting is set for April 21 at 7:30 p.m. in the Norton High School Media Center, 4108 S. Cleveland-Massillon Road.

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