Tiffin City Schools is on the move.
Next school year, the district is to use three elementary buildings.
Washington is to house kindergarten and first grade, Krout grades 2-3 and Noble grades 4-5. Clinton Elementary School, 2036 E. TR 122, and Lincoln Elementary School, 124 Ohio Ave., have been closed.
PHOTO BY JILL GOSCHE
Each teacher provided a room set-up schematic drawing so the crew knows where to place furniture.
PHOTO BY JILL GOSCHE
Boxes to be taken to Noble 4-5 are stacked in the gymnasium at Krout 2-3.
With the changes, teachers are being relocated, and their belongings must be moved.
Over the course of the summer, maintenance employees are moving more than 5,000 boxes.
Tom Anway, director of operations, estimated the average box count per teacher is 70 to 80, with some having as few as 30 and some having as many as about 150.
It is a three-man maintenance crew with two students employed through Department of Job and Family Services' work program assisting, he said.
"We're progressing," he said.
Anway said he doesn't know of any teacher in grades K-5 who is staying in a former classroom. Some may have stayed in the same building, he said.
The process started in March, when the district made boxes available for packing. Labels were placed on the boxes so the moving crew knew where to take the belongings. Those going to Washington had blue labels, Krout had gold and Noble had white. The labels also contained the new room numbers.
"We are moving all school board of education-owned property, so textbooks (and) things like that," Anway said. "We do not move personal goods."
The labeling system appears to be working well, he said.
"It definitely speeds things up," he said.
Anway said all teachers were diligent in getting their belongings packed, and everything was packed within a week of school being out.
"The teachers have really been excellent with the whole move," he said.
Anway said the district has put together its custodial manpower to clean building by building. The process started June 1.
Washington, which was the first building to be addressed, has been cleaned, and teachers' boxes have been moved in. Anway said the building probably will be opened after July 4 for teachers to start unpacking at their leisure.
Boxes have arrived at Krout but have not been placed in rooms yet. Employees now are cleaning the building.
Noble is to be the last building to be cleaned. Anway said he hopes the crew will be there by the middle of July, with everything done there by the last week of July.
Each teacher provided a room set-up schematic drawing of how he or she wanted the new classroom set up. Anway said a four-man elementary custodial crew, with help from three additional Department of Job and Family Services workers, are doing the cleaning and setting up the classrooms.
The goal is to be done by Aug. 1, he said.
Anway said the project is on schedule.
"It's going well," he said.