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A second draft of a floor plan for the new Kenton preK-6 elementary is expected to be ready later this week.
Superintendent Jennifer Penczarski said the floor plan by Garmann/Miller and Associates will be presented to a district committee. It will be unveiled to the public at the next community meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 8 at the administrative offices.
The district is still trying to determine the location for access roads to the site off Township Road 114, about a mile north of the high school.
The board is hoping to gain more insight into access roads through a preK-6 traffic impact study, which will be conducted for the district by Choice One Engineering at a cost of $20,860. The Ohio School Facilities Commission requires the study which will make the district eligible for $300,000 in access funding.
The study will include Morningside and Maydoll drives, both mentioned as possible access routes to the site, “so we can make the best decision about access,” Penczarski said.
“We need that information. It’s huge,” she said.
The traffic study will take 45 days to complete.
Penczarski said school officials have had discussions with the Ohio Department of Transportation and Kenton officials about access options.
The district also is exploring a Safe Routes to School grant which could provide up to $500,000 for sidewalks and a bike path to the new building.
In another site-related matter, the board approved hiring Crates Farms and Excavating to clean up the ditch that runs through the new school site. The cost will be $24,775.
The board said it is important to get the ditch cleaned out before building construction begins. Crates will be resculpting the ditch to make it easier to mow, as well.
In related items, the board approved a professional design services agreement with Garmann/Miller and Associ-ates for the elementary building project.
It adopted the program of requirements design phase submission prepared by the architect and construction manager.
Also approved was a resolution designating a board representative to authorize change orders for the project.
Treasurer Steve Ashba reported he is to receive proceeds of the sale of bonds for the construction project today and meet with investment advisers for short-term investment of the money.
He also said that just over $1 million in bonds were sold locally to investors for the new school project.
By TIM THOMAS