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School officials closing in on construction manager for project

3/27/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Ariel Hakim

The Norton City Schools Board of Education spent several hours March 24 in a special meeting listening to proposals from and interviewing potential construction managers.

Several construction managers responded to an initial request for quotes, which district officials went over recently with Ohio School Facilities Commission (OSFC) representatives, according to Superintendent David Dunn. Three potential companies were added to the short list from those submissions, said Dunn, including C.T. Taylor Construction, of Hudson; The Ruhlin Co., of Sharon; and Summit Construction, of Akron.

District officials filled out scoring sheets on the three companies, said Dunn, which will be tallied together with ratings from OSFC representatives.

The OSFC is likely to announce the chosen candidate by the end of this week, according to Dunn.

The construction manager will work on a project that includes the construction of a new high school, as well as converting the current high school into the middle school. Plans also call for selling or demolishing the aging Cornerstone and Grill elementary schools and using the current middle school as an elementary school for first through fourth grades.

This past November, voters approved a 3.89-mill bond issue that allows the district to go forward with the building project and close two of its oldest buildings. According to district officials, the total cost for the project is about $32 million, with the bond issue raising $15.8 million and the state contributing $16.3 million.

In other business at the meeting, the board passed a resolution to use blizzard bags to make up three calamity days, after the teachers’ union also approved that plan, said Dunn. [For more on that, see “Districts planning calamity day makeups” in the March 20, 2014 edition or at www.akron.com.]

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