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Warren BOE talks buildings, traffic flow

VINCENT — The Warren Local Board of Education discussed building updates and passed several resolutions during its regular monthly meeting Monday evening.

Superintendent Kyle Newton said this summer, there will be a new traffic flow from White Oak Street to a new road that will be built at the bottom of the property. The district will be working with Washington County Engineer Roger Wright and the Ohio Department of Transportation on the project.

He said the road to the post office will be removed and a sidewalk will be added. There will also be some road widening to make it easier for school buses.

Mary Avenue and White Oak Street will also be upgraded to county roads, Newton added.

The county will handle Mary Avenue and White Oak, while ODOT will do the rest of the work.

“This is one of the first school districts that has involved ODOT from the beginning (of the project),” Newton said, adding that in the past, the school is constructed, then the roads are built.

A project summary report was discussed and Newton noted the number of change orders for the project. Change orders are common with building projects, as things are modified from the original plans.

With the elementary school build, there were 20 change orders, and with the high school, there were only five. That was a low amount, considering the project has a budget of more than $60 million, Newton said.

“A third of those change orders were negative,” he said. Negative change orders add money back into the budget.

A resolution was also passed to remove the renovation work on the middle school and the abatement and demolition of Warren and Little Hocking elementaries from the agreement with Barton Malow, the project’s contractor.

Those parts were removed as bids were more than 35 percent over the original budget. Holding off on the work could mean that construction and material costs could go down.

“Hopefully that will give us lower amounts for each project,” said Board President Bob Crum.

School board member Bob Allen reported from the district operations committee that they were getting rid of some old school buses that are no longer serviceable. Two have already been scrapped and they would like to get rid of three more. This will better organize the yard to get buses in and out.

“We still have a need for substitute bus drivers,” he added.

The next regularly scheduled meeting is 6 p.m. March 16 at the administration office on Sweetapple Road in Vincent.

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