By Nancy Schaar
Officials of Sol Harris/Day Architecture of North Canton presented Carrollton School Board members with a feasibility study regarding the construction of a new K-12 building for the district.
The proposed complex is to be constructed on school property on SR 332, just outside of Carrollton. About 70 of the 155 total acres are available for construction.
The design contains plans for a complete new facility, including elementary, middle and high school classrooms, a gymnasium, special education, media, administration, music, technology, kitchen and dining areas, a bus garage and plenty of parking. Further down the funding ladder are plans for an auditorium and field house.
The first phase of the project, according to Superintendent Dr. David Quattrochi, is for the construction of building to house grades 9-12.
For the grades 9-12 builing, the Ohio Facilities Construction Commissioner would set square footage for the building at 94,500 square feet or 167 square feet per student. Enrollment for those grades is estimated to be about 570.
“This site is special because of the rolling hills and the wooded topography. We do not want to bulldoze that down,” said Travis Matthews who presented environmental information regarding the project. Matthews explained how the complex would be built to enhance the property and not just bulldoze the hills flat for construction purposes.
The high school gymnasium would be built towards the back of the building and nestled in the valley that already exists. Matthews explained how the height of the gym wouldn’t be obvious because of the lower seated building site.
The current POWER building and the football stadium would remain as they are with simple connections to the gymnasium.
Jordan Lewis, of Sol Harris/Day said they met with Chesapeake Energy and Midstream officials to determine where a well pad is to be built on the property and where pipelines will be laid.
Lewis said that the complex will be built a safe distance from the proposed well pad and pipeline easements which will run around the perimeter of the property.
“The topography of the property helped organize the site. The main building will be on a natural ridge.
Plus there will be room to grow. There is a place for additional parking and an auditorium,” said Lewis. There is room for a bus garage and housing of all buses in the rear of the program for future projects according to Lewis.
Matthews said it is projected the elementary school will contain 900 students, middle school 470 students, and the high school 567 students by 2020. This would make a total of about 1,937 students for the district. The footprint for the building would be 270,000 square feet.
The traffic pattern would be an outside loop that would provide easy access for all emergency services such as fire or police. Traffic congestion would be eliminated with the design when crowds are on the property for ball games or other large events.
Extended hiking and walking trails are also included for the meadows, woodlands, and wetlands on the property and could be a destination for the county, according to Matthews.
“There would be lots of diversity with the eco system and natural habitats,” continued Matthews.
The design also calls for a community area where events such as the Farmer’s Market could be held, as well as other community events.
The next step will be to send out Request for Qualifications in the next two weeks. The board will then receive those proposals and the grounds committee, along with Quattrochi and Treasurer Roxanne Mazur, will score the proposals and the board will be presented with the top three for review.
The architect will be chosen in January and, in February, meetings will be held with school departments, grade levels and there will be community meetings to seek further input.
Resolutions were approved at Tuesday’s meeting that puts steps in motion for the issuance of unvoted bonds. Next the interest rate will be established for an amount not to exceed $17,635,000 to pay for the cost of the construction, equipment, furnishing, and other related costs for the project.
In an unrelated matter, three sixth grade students gave presentations regarding projects they developed through the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) program.
Phoebe Moore informed the board about the history and importance of the development of the pencil. One change Moore said she would make would be to make the eraser on a pencil bigger so it would last as long as the pencil.
Meya Keyser presented information regarding the occupation of mechanical engineer. Keyser briefly explained the skills, responsibilities and work involved with becoming a mechanical engineer.
Kyler James showed board members the Kracy Cube he created using a three dimensional printer. The engineering class will design pieces of furniture in the coming weeks and use the three-dimensional printer to create models of the best designs.
In other business the board:
– MET in executive session to discuss contract negotiations and to keep the board informed regarding those negotiations at the request of President Rose Seck.
– HONORED Board of Education member Bonnie Little with a plaque and thanked her for eight years of service to the district. Little thanked the board for the award and said she enjoyed her years of service. “It was a little rocky at times but board members always put aside their differences and worked to find a solution for the problems,” said Little.
– SET a budget hearing Jan. 12, 2016, at 5:45 p.m. in the POWER Training Center.
– AUTHORIZED payment for Managed Internal Broadband Services from Ohio Mid-Eastern Regional Service Agency through June of 2018.
– HIRED Wendy Davis for the food service department, and Lori Koman as a classroom aide, both with one year limited contracts.
– HIRED Heather Wendell as a teacher and Samantha Stage as classified personnel effective Dec. 9, 2016.
– GRANTED unpaid leave of absence to Kathleen Payne de Chavex from March 18, 2016, to July 31, 2016.
– ACCEPTED the resignation of Stacy Barto as head coach of cheerleading for freshmen and competition.