BY KAREN GERHARDINGER | MIRROR REPORTER — School may be out of session, but the Anthony Wayne Local Schools campus and primary buildings will be bustling with activity as construction moves forward on several fronts. By the end of the month, the district’s Finzel Road campus will have completely new parking lots and drop-off areas in the front of the three buildings. Standing in front of Fallen Timbers Middle School on June 28, Director of Operations Matt Dick watched as Smith Painting and Excavating used a curb-forming machine, outlining the areas of new parking and drop-off. Once complete, Smith planned to spend a week installing the sidewalks on the Finzel Road campus, followed by Geddis Paving’s work on the parking lots and drives. Construction of a new wing on the northeast corner off the existing gym and cafeteria is set to begin in August, as the project will be bid out this month. “That project is estimated in the range of $10 million and includes a new auxiliary gym, cafeteria expansion, a new main office addition, renovation of the old office space into modern science classrooms and labs, along with various upgrades to bathrooms and other spaces,” Dick said. The timing may be a challenge for those attending home football games, but Dick said he’s preparing a flow chart for traffic to each building so drop-off and pickup go smoothly. Construction on Monclova and Waterville primary schools’ parking lots is underway and should be complete by the time school starts on Monday, August 20. On June 28, Midwest Contracting was awarded the project encompassing both buildings – at the low bid of $4,113,900 – and work was expected to start on July 2. Both sites will have extensive parking lot replacements and expansions with new designated parent drop-off lanes to improve safety, Dick said. The Waterville office will be renovated to include a new secure entrance, which should also be complete by the start of school or soon after. A small new wing with two tutoring rooms and three classrooms will get started this summer, with completion by August 2019. Monclova will receive a new office addition that will begin construction this summer with completion by July 2019. After the new Monclova office addition is occupied, the former office space will be renovated for active learning, Dick said. On July 3, the staff was reviewing and checking references for the two lowest bidders for the new Whitehouse Primary School. Constr-uction should start this summer and be complete by December 2019. Demolition of the 88-year-old building will begin the following spring, with further site work continuing through the summer of 2020. The new operations building, near the bus garage on Industrial Drive near Centerville Street, is under roof. The former operations department headquarters, the Burdo Building, will be next to the new high school wing. Original plans called for it to be taken down, but it will stay for now, with its use to be determined. The projects are being paid out of $44.2 million raised through the passage of a 2.38-mill bond issue in 2016. The funds are being used for $5 million in capital improvements, $10.2 million in renovations and $29 million in new construction. Renderings are available at www.anthonywayne schools.org.
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