By Jeff Gallatin
School officials are moving ahead with the nuts and bolts phase of a multi-million-dollar capital improvements project for district facilities.
Bay Village’s Board of Education unanimously approved at its Nov. 25 meeting advertising for bids for a construction package with initial work estimates of more than $1 million. The latest package includes restroom renovations at the high school, middle school, and Westerly and Normandy schools. There also will be a ceiling replacement at the high school as well as work on the corridors located in the 1967 library and science room addition. The work will also include extensive HVAC (heating, ventilating and air conditioning) work at the different facilities as well as concrete and sump pump work at the Glenview Center.
Bay Village school Superintendent Clint Keener said this package is the next step toward major work.
“We’re reaching the stage where we’re not going to be able to get it all done during a 10-week summer period,” he said. “Some it is going to overlap into the school years. We have a lot of the restroom work scheduled in this package so the students will be going to different restrooms as others are worked on. And we’ll be working on other areas of the school which are more visible as well.”
During his presentation to the school board, Daryl Stumph, the assistant superintendent for operations, said the work would be scheduled to try to cause as few problems as possible for students and staff at the different schools. He said any demolition work would be scheduled so as to not disrupt the school year.
Keener said some already completed work was timely with the onset of winter.
“They were getting the work on the boilers completed so they’re up and running now, which is a good thing,” he said.
Keener said the next round of work will be going on for several months.
“We’re hoping to be at the tail end of the work in 2015,” he said. “2014 is going to be very busy with work on all the different buildings and facilities. We’re hoping to be doing the parking lots and other smaller work in 2015.”