Weather slows progress on new middle school
BALTIMORE – Liberty Union High School will be buzzing with activity during the Christmas break.
Most of the punch list work to complete the high school renovation has been pushed back to the break, architect Joe Schappa told school board members at their Dec. 13 meeting. The biggest issue is problems with the heating system in some areas of the building.
“The control system is not done,” Schappa said. “That’s the big problem in this building.”
Most of the work in the auditorium is done. It’s the only part of the middle school that will be retained once the new middle school is completed.
Construction of the new middle school has slowed as weather deteriorated. Closing in the building by completing the roof has been delayed about a month. Schappa hopes it will be done by Dec. 28. He’s disappointed that the delay and the much colder weather mean that much of the roof membrane will have to be mechanically fastened rather than glued down. He assured board members that the change won’t affect the roof warranty.
Schappa said the Village of Baltimore has determined that a left turn lane will be required for access to the new middle school. Board members unanimously approved a professional design services agreement with Schappa’s firm for $21,500 to cover the additional project. Schappa said there is adequate s pace in the right-ofway for the new lane so the district won’t have to purchase additional property.
In other business, board members recognized high school level sports teams and athletes for outstanding performance this fall. Senior Aaron Young was honored as MidState League “Player-ofthe Year” for soccer. Young was named 1st Team All District and 2nd Team All Ohio.
The varsity golf team and Coach Billy Phillips were honored as MidState League champions. Senior Landon Hutchinson became the first athlete to be named Mid- State League “Golfer-of-the-Year for two years in a row.
The junior varsity golf team and Coach Marcus Alford were honored as MidState League champions. The team only had four players which meant every player’s score counted. Teams can field six players per match with the four lowest scores counting.
The boys cross country team had an excellent season lead by Coach Jon Morris. The team was MidState League champions taking the first five scoring positions. The team won the district and regional meets as a team, qualifying for the state meet. The team finished ninth in the state.
Senior Aaron Burnside was honored as MidState League “Runner of-the-Year.” He won the MidState championship, was fifth in the district and seventeenth in the region.
Students-of-the-Month were Leanna Bachman and Autumn Thompson. Bachman is a sophomore and the daughter of Christi and Gregg Bachman. She is a member of the varsity softball and swim teams. She plays the trombone in the concert and marching bands. She is also active in the school’s agriscience and FFA organization.
Thompson is a junior and the daughter of Cynthia and Steven Thompson. She is a member of the varsity girls track team and is also active in FFA. She is the chapter vice president. Thompson is a member of a 4-H horse club and competes at area horse shows.
Three supplemental contract positions were approved:
• Susan Steffen for 6th grade outdoor education;
• Amana King as a teacher mentor; and
• Troy Ellis as a volunteer for junior high wrestling.
Board members appointed president Art Brate as president pro tempore for their Jan. 10 reorganizational meeting which begins at 7 p.m. in the high school library.