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Construction and renovation of what will become Streetsboro Middle School is on track, according to Streetsboro Superintendent Michael Daulbaugh.
"We're on target," he said. "Everything's going along well; we haven't had any unexpected twists and turns. It's always tricky when you're renovating old and building new."
He said the new Streetsboro Middle School, which is actually the old Streetsboro High School, will be completed by June 2018.
"My gut feeling is it'll be done before June 2018," he added. "It's going to look like a completely different school."
The project includes the demolition of the school to the west of the hallway separating the gym from the academic wings of the high school. A new academic wing is being built in its place, he said. The wings leading to the old WSTB 88.9-FM studio and the band room are being heavily renovated, along with all the spaces along those hallways, according to plans.
One goal Daulbaugh said Streetsboro Middle School Principal Vincent Suber is working toward is having a way to separate sixth-graders from the seventh- and eighth-graders.
"As long as I know in this district, the sixth-grade has been in the elementary school," Daulbaugh said. "The seventh- and eighth-graders are transitioning to high school. There's an age difference and a maturity difference."
As is the case at Streetsboro Elementary School and Streetsboro High School, Daulbaugh said one of the most significant design changes for students will be the inclusion of extended learning areas, which he said will enable small groups to meet in the hallways as part of class projects, testing or other activities.
The building also will feature a STEM lab instead of using the current middle school's basement for class and club activities, he added.
Daulbaugh said the building will likely be completely under roof by early fall, although he added that will depend on "weather and available materials."
The 73,375-square-foot facility is estimated to cost $13.35 million, according to district documents.
Late last week, insulation was being installed in some walls while crews were busy building the walls of the new academic wing. All new infrastructure, including plumbing, heating and air conditioning and electricity, is included in the project. Much of the new systems will be concealed above drop ceilings and soffits, said Daulbaugh.
Some of the existing rooms, like the old athletic department offices and the band room, are relatively untouched. Other areas of the old building, where new rooms are being created and walls are being moved, have exposed metal studs. Some of those areas include the old TV and radio studios.
The facade of the building will include a completely new facade, including the new academic wing and extended space for the cafeteria and administrative offices.