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Published: Tuesday, 9/25/2012

Penta students to build on Eastwood campus

Carpentry classes receive year's project


PEMBERVILLE, Ohio -- The Eastwood Local Schools is enlisting the assistance of Penta Career Center to construct a building on its central campus.

Superintendent Brent Welker said Poggemeyer Design Group would design the building and help with other aspects of the project.

"We don't have a design or anything set. We've just had some preliminary discussions," he said.

The building will be about 35 by 40 feet, and will be next to the baseball field. It will be used for equipment storage and will have handicapped-accessible rest rooms.

The board of education approved paying Poggemeyer $8,950 for work associated with the project.

The total cost of the project has not been determined. Penta students will do all the electrical, masonry, and carpentry work. Mr. Welker could not put a dollar value on the savings Eastwood would realize, but he noted that the Penta students would benefit as well.

"Penta builds a home every year, but this year that fell through," he said. "It's going to be win-win for the students and Eastwood. Without this project, the Penta senior carpentry students wouldn't have a structure to build."

Mr. Welker said he worked out the joint project with Penta Superintendent Ron Matter, who could not be reached for comment.

The Eastwood board last week also approved a $2,900 contract with Poggemeyer for assistance in adding space for all-day kindergarten.

The district is examining two options: renovating the bus garage behind Pemberville Elementary School to make two 900-square-foot preschool classrooms or buying portable classrooms.

In other business last week, the board approved a contract with the Wood County Educational Service Center for two certified teachers who will spend the remainder of the school year with the second grades at Pemberville and Luckey elementaries. They will work five hours a day and be paid $13,600.

The additional teachers were necessitated by a higher-than-expected second-grade enrollment.

The total cost to the district, including retirement and Medicare insurance premiums, will be $33,500.

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