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Lakewood puts levy on ballot for new elementary school

HEBRON – Lakewood School Board members unanimously took the second and final step Wednesday evening to place a $39,800,000 bond issue on the November ballot.

The bonds will be repaid over 28 years. The county auditor’s office has determined that it will require a tax rate of 5.10 mills to pay the interest and retire the bonds. Last September, the district’s financial consultant, David Conley said the district’s median home value is $150,000. A 5.10 mill bond levy would cost the median home value property owner $267.75 a year.

Most of the $39.8 million will be used to replace the now 105-year old Hebron Elementary School. Here’s the complete project breakdown with Legat Architects’ opinion of probable cost:

• New one story pre-kindergarten through grade 5 elementary school on the Lakewood campus including a storm shelter – $34,757,057;

• Additional access drive from U.S. 40 to the new elementary school – $169,561;

• Cost to demolish the Jackson A & B schools – $53,000;

Project priorities after the elementary school:

• New air conditioning system for the middle school – $2,419,408;

• Sprinkler system for the middle school – $221,967;

• Lay-in ceiling and sound control for the middle school – $247,684;

• New roof, coping and additional insulation for the middle school roof – $805,858; and

• New roof and additional insulation for the high school roof – $1,158,044

The total comes to $39,832,579andincludesa7percent contingency. It was rounded off to $39.8 million. The middle school is the former high school.

In other business Wednesday evening, board members accepted the resignation of James (Bo) Hanson as athletic director. Director of District Services Patti Pickering, who was subbing for Superintendent Mary Kay Andrews, said Hanson had been part of the Lakewood community for 29 years. “He will be missed.” Board member Jonathan Lynch also noted Hanson’s long service to the district during board member comments. Hanson has reportedly accepted the athletic director’s position at Pickington Central High School. Resumes/ applications for the athletic director position must be submitted to high school principal Kevin Krier by 3 p.m. on Friday, June 15.

Though it wasn’t mentioned during the board meeting, the district posted an “anticipated vacancy” for the post of Assistant Principal at Lakewood Middle School. Michael Rodich is the current assistant principal at the middle school. Resumes/ applications must be submitted to Principal Jessica Fry by 3 p.m. on Wednesday, June 20.

Pickering also noted that the latest Bullying Report has been submitted. It will be available on the district’s website, but was there late Wednesday evening. “I noticed the numbers are up from the last report,” Lynch told Pickering. He asked if the administrative team could attribute that increase to anything specific. Pickering told him that the team couldn’t attribute the increase to anything specific at this point, adding that all three parents who complained about bullying at the last regular board meeting have agreed to be part of the group working to address the problem.

A board resolution to approve a second change order for Robinson Construction on the middle school security vestibule lead to a broader discussion about the lack of details in some contracts. Board member Bill Pollard said Andrews’ explanation about a $15,000 contract with Advanta- Core School Improvement Solutions was very detailed, but he didn’t see any of those details in the contract itself. “I think this is how we end up with overages,” he explained. “I would expect to see the details from Mary Kay in the contract.” Pollard is a very experienced contract and project manager. He added that whenever disputes arise over the scope of the work or the charges the contract is the binding document. Consequently, contracts should reflect the expectations and commitments made during the evaluation stage.

The Robinson change order was for an additional $9,186 to remove asbestos discovered after removing the existing floor in the new security vestibule and for three ADA door openers.

Pickering explained that the AdvantaCore contract is for a curriculum audit. “We’re getting some outside eyes on ourselves,” she explained.

During the recognition portion of the meeting, Pickering congratulated the following students:

• Sarah Reen as 2018 Valedictorian;

• Amara Cummins as 2018 Salutatorian;

• Lakewood Lancer baseball team as Central District champions; and Licking County League Buckeye Division co-champions;

• Michael Crist, Christian Lothes and Devon Middlemus as First Team Licking County League baseball;

• Christian Lothes as Licking County League baseball Player of the Year;

• Tigan Braskie and Megan Davis as First Team Licking County League softball;

• Olivia Ogg – Pole Vault; David Drushal – 1600M & 3200M; and Rollin Abbott (seated division) 100M, 400M, 800M and shot put as First Team Licking County League track;

• Rollin Abbott and David Drushal as State Track Tournament qualifiers;

• Rollin Abbott placing fourth in shot put, fifth 100M & 400M and sixth in 800M and David Drushal placing ninth in 3200M at the State Track Tournament; and

• Amara Cummins and Cameron Vayansky as Licking County League Scholar Athletes.

Board members have four scheduled meetings in the next 30 days. A special meeting to interview board member candidates in executive or closed session is set for 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 19, in the high school library. A fiscal year-end special meeting is set for 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 27, at the Lakewood administrative office. The board’s next regular meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 11, in the Lakewood High School library. The board has also scheduled a work session with Ohio School Board Association representatives to further discuss the OSBA-conducted community survey for 6 p.m. on Thursday, July 12, in the high school library.

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