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Warren BOE hears construction update

Construction of the middle school and high school in the Warren Local Schools are in the final weeks, according to the superintendent of schools.

“We’re in the last six weeks of construction at the middle school,” said Superintendent Kyle Newton at Monday night’s Board of Education meeting. “We’re at the last six weeks of construction at the high school.”

He updated the board on work on the school campus, saying they are going through the process of finishing the flooring at the high school, while work quickly continues at the middle school.

“At the middle school, I truthfully can’t keep up,” Newton said. “There’s 100-plus people at the middle school right now and that’s only with the renovation, and the renovation isn’t really that big of a renovation.”

He said one of the most exciting things about the middle school is the removal of the little tiles on all the hallways.

“Those are all down,” he said. “And it’s down to cinderblock and it looks so good.”

He added they are so far ahead on the middle school addition, the weather won’t affect its completion.

Work on the stadium renovations also are underway.

“Next fall, the stadium will not just look different, but the way you interact with it will be different,” Newton said.

¯ In other board news, local resident and full-time substitute teacher Glenn Hess followed up on a report he gave the board at the May meeting.

At the May meeting, Hess said he was concerned about the large class sizes at both the elementary and middle schools. He explained his solution is to have a junior high school with a kindergarten through third grade at the elementary, grades 4 through 6 at the middle school, grades 7 through 9 at the junior high and senior high for grades 10 through 12.

“It was pleasing to hear of the planned closing of the middle school library for the sake of adding classroom space,” Hess said Monday night. “It is also pleasing to know that related library materials will be made available for fifth and sixth graders in a designated area, and similar library materials will be available for seventh and eighth graders.”

¯ Board member Bob Allen, chair of the district operations committee, said more than $70,000 was raised through the auction of the old high school equipment.

¯ A resolution was passed for a fire alarm project for building 6. The contract is to not exceed $122,443.90. Newton said unless the building has a new fire alarm system that is up to code, they won’t be able to occupy it.

¯ Lori Ludwig resigned from the middle school as an intervention specialist and head teacher, and was hired as the new director of curriculum and instruction. She received a two-year administrative contract, effective Aug. 1.

¯ The next meeting of the Warren Local school board will be 6 p.m. July 27.

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