District to erect two new buildings

By Wendy Sufrin Record-Courier staff writer Published:

The state building assistance program is geared to replacing or repairing

rundown or outdated buildings in school districts ranking in the bottom

10 percent in terms of wealth. Windham is Ohio's 11th poorest district.

Under the terms of a plan the state board of education has tentatively

approved, Katherine Thomas Elementary School will be demolished and a new

building erected in its place. The district will also gain a new high school,

and East Elementary School and Windham Junior High School will receive renovations

and additions.

"There are going to be a lot of changes as you go through this,"

Windham schools Superintendent Vince Frammartino told Windham's board members.

"Nothing is written in stone. Even the $20.6 million is not written

in stone."

The state board must grant final approval before the plan can be implemented.

Windham board members expect to choose a project architect, as well as

approve placement of a 23-year, 2.83-mill bond issue on the November ballot

when it meets Wednesday. Under the terms of the state building assistance

program, district voters must approve the levy or the $20.6 million will

not be released.

In Windham, one mill can generate up to $32,000 annually.

Architects in the running are Fanning Howey of Dublin and Ricciuti Balog

and Partners of Youngstown. Board members last week toured schools across

northeastern Ohio in an effort to get a feel for each firm's work.

Frammartino said he also polled some half-dozen districts "to find

out the good, the bad and the ugly" about each firm.

"They gave me no ugly or bad. They say nothing but great things

about these companies," he said.

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