During the October Big Walnut Local School District Board of Education meeting, district superintendent Angie Pollock reported that a decision had been made to move the district’s administration offices to the transportation building’s empty warehouse space. During last Thursday evening’s board meeting Pollock said the district is moving ahead with the project.
A special board meeting was held this past Monday. On the agenda was a motion to hire LUSK Architecture to provide project design services. According to the motion, the cost of design services is not anticipated to be more than $100,000, which is 10 percent of the estimated $1 million project cost.
At the October board meeting district treasurer Terri Day said the district would use money already set aside for capital expenditures for the transportation building warehouse renovation project.
“Money from the sale of the Galena Building, the old bus garage, and the house the school district owned all have to be used for capital projects, so that money is available,” Day said.
Pollock said the current administration offices at Big Walnut Intermediate School on Baughman Street was a temporary location for the first four or five years following the sale of the Galena Administration Building to Journey Fellowship. The current fourth grade class that will enter the intermediate school next year exceeds 300 students, she said. Moving the administration building to the district transportation building would open up seven classrooms and additional smaller spaces.
The district transportation building is located at 117 Kintner Parkway, just off West Cherry Street in Sunbury. The front of the building houses the transportation office; district bus mechanics use a shop at the rear of the building, the district’s bus fleet is parked outside. The large warehouse space between the office and mechanic’s bays has been empty since the building was purchased several years ago.
In addition to Columbus-based LUSK Architecture, OHM Advisors, Triad Architects, Buehrer Group, and JBA Architects submitted project bids. Monday’s motion also noted that qualifications received from each firm that submitted qualifications would be maintained for use with projects when the fee will be less than $50,000.
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