Drawings detail updated Fostoria schools

FOSTORIA — Thirty residents of the Fostoria School District attended the briefing Tuesday evening on plans for the new junior high and high school and the addition and renovation of the intermediate building.

Representatives from Garmann Miller Architects/Engineers presented detailed drawings of the new campus. The junior/senior high building will house grades seven through 12. The new building, which will be to the north end of the existing building, is to have the main entrance facing Park Street. The academic wing is to be two stories that will be bright with natural light and will have flexible classrooms that should allow collaboration and team teaching. The new building is to be connected to the old gym and the Performing Arts Center.

The south end of the old high school is to be demolished but the gym and Performing Art Center will remain. The athletic field to the north of the school will be untouched.

The intermediate building is to house pre-K through sixth grade. A 13,500-square-foot addition is to be added for the pre-K and kindergarten classes. The existing building is to be renovated.

Plans are to be finalized by the end of June with groundbreaking in August. Construction is scheduled for April 2018. The intermediate building should be ready for occupancy during the summer of 2019. The junior/high school should be ready by December 2019. The three old elementary schools are to be demolished in 2020.

Questions from the audience included number of restrooms, size of the elevator and location of the credit recovery program.

The board purchased a site license for A+ software used for the credit recovery program.

An agreement was approved with the Seneca County General Health District to use district facilities in the event they are needed in a disaster situation.

The updated five-year forecast showed no significant changes.

The board adjourned to executive session. No action was to be taken.

The meeting began with the public hearing for the rehire of Longfellow Elementary secretary Karla Grine. Although Grine has retired, she is to return to her former position.

The student and teacher leaders from Longfellow’s Student Lighthouse teams were honored.

In other matters, the board:

• Accepted the resignations of Katharine Morookian and Sarah Krock and the retirement of Colleen Sauber.

• Approved 60 supplemental contracts for academic and athletic activities.

• Approved contracts for extended time, home instruction, seasonal employees and substitute classified employees as need.

• Awarded continuing contracts for Cathe Bucher and Amy Masterson.

• Approved administrative contracts.

• Hired Gayle Guernsey for 10 hours per week as a speech pathologist at $26.84 per hour.

• Agreed to pay Aaron Weidner $1,540 for completing the required evaluation of the Alternative Challenge Grant.

• Approved contracts for services with Sentinel and Vanguard, Northern Ohio Educational Computer Association.

• Approved graduation for 110 seniors.