School district to seek quotes on Crestwood addition

By Drew Stambaugh -

The Swanton Board of Education on Wednesday gave the go-ahead to get quotes for a potential addition of two more classrooms to Crestwood Elementary School. If built, the extra addition would be a change order to the current project.

A larger than expected kindergarten class for the upcoming school year led schools official to consider the additional classrooms. There are concerns that if there is another big class, there may not be enough room in the school.

Superintendent Jeff Schlade said the idea could work if the additional cost does not increase the project total over the originally budgeted amount. A lower than anticipated cost of asbestos abatement at the Cherry Street buildings has helped to make that possible, according to district treasurer Joyce Kinsman.

She said the approximately $446,000 difference between the estimate and actual bids for abatement would be the upper limit she would be comfortable spending on the extra two classrooms.

At the meeting, Schlade said a basic preliminary bid from general contractor, Midwest Contracting Inc., was $325,000 but that was not an official estimate and did not include all the costs, such as electrical work. “It’s two more air conditioning units, it’s two more of everything,” he added.

With the board’s approval on Wednesday, official quotes can be acquired.

The plan is to decide on the extra addition at the July meeting.

Also at the meeting, Schlade gave an update on the progress of the building project. He said after some delay work on the Park Elementary (Swanton Middle School) lunchroom is moving along nicely. Abatement of the Cherry Street building is also moving along, with the third floor complete and second floor nearly complete. That is expected to be finished in July.

Other business

• Several personnel items were approved, including the resignation of superintendent Jeff Schlade. The resignation of teacher Tiffany Manning was also approved.

Among the new contracts approved were Sarah Durst, middle school intervention specialist; Courtney Ziehr, nurse’s aide; Steve Waddell, bus driver. Among the numerous supplemental contracts were Joe Nye, head softball coach; Julie Zedlitz, musical vocal director, vocal director and musical drama instructor; Jim Dickman, head girls soccer coach; Nick Staler, bowling; Timothy McCarthy, head baseball coach; Eric Oakes, head girls basketball coach and head golf coach; and Robert Upham, head boys soccer coach.

• A board commendation was announced for Sandy Wiederman, who has retired.

• A lease with the Swanton Wrestling Club for a portion of the soon to be demolished middle school was approved. It would be saved from demolition and be a stand-alone building. The space is located at the rear of the current middle school building to the east of the booster building.

It will be leased for $1 per year from the district to the wrestling club. The club will be responsible for some updates, painting, and construction of a hallway to the booster building.

• The board approved membership in the Ohio High School Athletic Association.

• The board approved donations, including $2,200 from Swanton Parents Club to Park Elementary Principal’s account and $2,900 to Crestwood Elementary Principal’s account.

By Drew Stambaugh

Reach Drew Stambaugh at 419-335-2010

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