Ravenna high school bricks available

By Diane Smith | Staff Writer Published:

After months of demolition, bricks from Ravenna's old high school will finally be distributed to the public.

The Ravenna School District will distribute the bricks between 4 and 6 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday at the site of the old high school, said Bill Wisniewski, director of business operations for the district. Motorists should enter and leave through the north driveway on Highland Avenue, where Wisniewski and volunteers will assist them.

There is no charge for the bricks.

Wisniewski said 639 bricks already have been reserved for residents. Although residents can claim a brick without being on the advance list, only 1,000 bricks from the school have been saved, so it is best to make a reservation. People may do so by calling Wisniewski at 330-296-7159, ext. 11.

"We'll see what we can do to make it happen," Wisniewski said.

All Excavating of Youngstown has demolished the last of the structure, and has now turned its attention to site work. Superintendent Dennis Honkala said the work is starting from East Main Street toward Highland Avenue, making the work more visible to motorists.

He said the district is on track to reach its goal of planting grass on the site by May 1.

The Port Authority, the county's economic development agent, is working to broker a deal with a developer to transform the 5 acre site into a higher use. Retail and medical uses, including restaurants and doctors offices, are among the possibilities that have been discussed.

Honkala said the city of Ravenna has donated storage space to the district to store artifacts from the building until their permanent homes can be found. The steps to the school are not among those items, and will be recycled along with the other concrete from the building.

"We're excited to share a part of history and memorabilia with people," he said.

Contact this reporter at 330-298-1139 or dsmith@recordpub.com

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  • This is a good idea!! Graduated in 1981 RAVEN FOREVER!