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Contractor hired to oversee new Perrysburg 5th/6th grade school

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Perrysburg Superintendent Tom Hosler says the district can now start zeroing in on sites for the new school.

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Perrysburg Schools has hired a Columbus are construction manager which will allow the district to assess potential sites for its planned new school to house fifth and sixth graders.

The district will pay Gilbane Inc. $2.3 million to manage construction of the school, slated to open in 2017, officials announced this week. Gilbane will hire the subcontractors on the project and guarantee a minimum price after bidding is complete. The district must approve all contracts.

A location for the new school, needed to relieve overcrowding in other schools, has not been decided and options have not been revealed. District officials have said they would like to build in the area south of I-475 and west of I-75 because that is where the population growth is in the district.

“Now that we have a construction manager, we’ll be able to get them to evaluate the sites, and that’ll bring us closer to a decision,” Superintendent Tom Hosler said.

Gilbane has worked with with a number of area schools, and is overseeing the construction of a Greek housing complex at Bowling Green State University as well as the planned construction of a new headquarters for The Andersons in Monclova Township.

Designs for the Perrysburg school building are not complete, but the building is expected to be about 136,000 square feet with 32 classrooms, 10 special education classes, and two technology laboratories. There will be rooms for band, vocal, orchestra, art, a computer lab, media center, and multi-media production center. It is expected to accommodate about 800 students.

“These are the things we know we need,” Mr. Hosler said. “We don’t have a layout yet, and things could change as we get into the design.”

The new building, along with improvements in other Perrysburg schools, will be paid with revenue from a 2.94-mill levy approved by voters in November. The levy will generate $38.9 million during the next 28 years, with collection starting in 2016. It will cost the homeowner of a $200,000 home $206 annually.

Scott Best, principal of Fort Meigs Elementary, will be the new school’s prinicipal. Mr. Best, who has been with the district since 2007, will first serve in a dual role as the co-principal of Fort Meigs and the new building to prepare staff. 

Kellie Johnson, Perrysburg High School assistant principal, will be in charge of day-to-day operations of Fort Meigs Elementary as co-principal in the fall of 2016 before becoming the full-time principal the next year.

Contact RoNeisha Mullen at: rmullen@theblade.com or 419-343-3299.

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