Board to discuss authorizing Smith and Woodward construction


The Delaware Board of Education will consider approving plans and designs for upcoming construction projects at Smith Elementary and Woodward Elementary at its meeting tonight.

The meeting will be at the technology center at 621 Pennsylvania Ave. at 6 p.m. today.

School officials report that construction at both schools will add classroom additions to accommodate fifth-grade students and will remove trailers currently being used as classrooms. The improvements will also add a dedicated gym to eliminate shared cafeterias/gyms at both schools.

Both schools will also receive additional parking areas and improvements to playgrounds.

Woodward will also receive improvements for traffic flow and the bus drop-off area.

The board will consider authorizing Fanning and Howey Associates to proceed with construction drawings, specifications, a final cost estimate and public bid documents.

The construction is being financed by a 2013 bond issue passed by voters, and is projected to begin in June and be completed by the start of 2017-18 school year.

The board will also consider authorizing two Hayes High School trips. The first is a swimming trip to Canton Feb. 25-27 and the second is an Ohio Scholastic Media Association journalism conference at Kent State University.

The board will also consider approving a number of staffing changes.

By Glenn Battishill

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Glenn Battishill can be reached at 740-413-0903 or on Twitter @BattishillDG.

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