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Dr Richard Murray, left, executive director of the Coalition of Rural and Appalachian Schools, awards Fort Frye Superintendent Dr Stephanie Starcher with the CORAS President’s Award Thursday at a Fort Frye School Board meeting . (Photo provided)

BEVERLY – Local Fort Frye schools may be out of the school year, but on Thursday the District Education Council blessed $ 887,526.50 in upgrades to meet a tight deadline before school starts. classes in August.

“I know it’s hard to think of how much money that is and especially at this time when things are so expensive and we just had to make these changes early in the year,” Board member Johnna Zalmanek said after the meeting. “But we have to spend federal funds in a way that has the greatest impact on children.”

Treasurer Stacey Bolden explained that the purchases are primarily funded by the district’s allocation of ESSER funding from federal coronavirus relief programs.

Superintendent Stephanie Starcher explained that much of the spending is going to prepare for moving sixth grade to the high school building and creating separate modules for middle school kids away from high school kids in the North Wing of the Beverly Building, plus already approved work to add preschool space at Beverly-Center Elementary.

“We are renovating a locker room in a preschool classroom and we will now have two kindergartens in the neighborhood”, she said. “The preschool completion date is supposed to be the end of July for our preschool license to go through the state.”

Major expenses

¯ CVC for college / high school: $ 707,909.

The council unanimously approved the acceptance of an offer from Dynamix Energy Services of Columbus for the modernization of the district facilities in order to save the energy of the heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems at a price not exceeding not $ 707,909.

“In all these projects, it was more difficult to ensure the supply”, explained the superintendent.

The project is expected to be completed by mid-August.

¯ General college / high school construction contract: $ 114,000.

Gutknecht Construction, with offices in Columbus and Athens, won the bid.

“A huge space that was used as a study room will now be the place where three mathematics classrooms are side by side” Starcher gave as an example, noting that other work includes adding two additional single toilets.

The project is expected to be completed by mid-August.

¯ College / high school electricity contract: $ 22,600.

Davis, Pickering and Company Inc. has been accepted for the required electrical work at a price not to exceed $ 22,600.

“We need more receptacles”, Starcher explained. “And by the end of the HVAC project, we’ll be fully air conditioned and that big price includes engineering for the electrical upgrades in the rooms despite removing a lot of windows that we won’t need anymore.

The project is expected to be completed by mid-August.

Other expenses also blessed by the board included:

Transfer of ownership with the village: Free.

The board of directors voted to accept the return of the tennis court and basketball court behind the Beverly Library.

“The district had the tennis court and the basketball court behind the library, but in the late 1990s it was transferred to the village for the village to take care of and maintain. Starcher said.

But now the school district will consider repairs and create a recreation area for the college while keeping the assets open to the public for evening use.

“The village had condemned the tennis court”, Starcher said.

¯ Van purchase: $ 43,017.50.

With a unanimous vote, the board of directors approved the purchase of a 2019 Dodge Grand Caravan with a BraunAbility side entry from Steve’s Van and Accessories Unlimited from Marietta for $ 43,017.50.

Bolden noted that the purchase is funded from the general fund.

“We need more vehicles capable of transporting students in wheelchairs” Starcher added, explaining at the board meeting that the district only operates one reliable wheelchair accessible vehicle and that next year will require opposing routes for students.

Other business

Dr Richard Murray, executive director of the Coalition of Rural and Appalachian Schools, presented Starcher with the CORAS President’s Award on Thursday at the meeting.

“And we can kiss each other” he said, raising his hands and arms beyond the handshake in recognition. “Because COVID is over. “

The Board of Directors also approved additional contracts for Gifted Program Coaches and Leaders, Teacher Team Leaders, Electives, Career Preparation, Intervention and Support at positive behavior (PBIS) and continuing education for three staff members.

Transfers from Elizabeth Curry (formerly Sixth Grade Social Studies and Science) to Seventh Grade Mathematics and Chad Ross (formerly Elementary Physical Education) to Sixth Grade Social Studies and Science were also approved.

In Ross’s place, the board approved the hiring of Zack Cantrell of Coshocton on a one-year limited contract at the rate of $ 36,475 for the kindergarten to college physical education position.

The board of trustees is scheduled to meet July 29 at Lowell Elementary School at 6 p.m.

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