BEAVER TOWNSHIP- The South Range Local school administration moved into its new home this week.
The new board offices facility across state Route 46 from the K-12 campus officially opened for use on Thursday, replacing the old farmhouse that is scheduled to be razed next week to make room for the sports complex entrance that is part of the turn lane and pedestrian tunnel project by the Ohio Department of Transportation this summer.
The 2,000-square-foot facility was funded through the profits from the sale of the former office building in North Lima. Total construction cost was approximately $233,000. Cornice Construction handled construction while Utility Contracting installed the sanitary main and X-Press Underground provided stone aggregate for the parking lot.
The pedestrian tunnel will come out just north of the new facility and a football stadium will be built to the south, Dunham said.
"Ultimately we're positioning ourselves for the future," he explained, noting that utilities on both sides of the roadway are now connected and ready for the stadium to go in.
The new facility has four offices, one conference room, a reception lobby and a full basement for personnel and student record storage; and will house offices for the superintendent, the superintendent/EMIS secretary, the treasurer and two treasurer assistants. It is one-story and handicap accessible.
Dunham said the school board elected construction of a new facility rather than moving the farmhouse or purchasing a nearby property due to its cost effectiveness. He said there is free gas available at the new site, meaning a savings in utility costs, while purchasing an existing house was beyond the district's budget and moving the farmhouse would have required addressing several environmental issues such as asbestos and mold removal.
"Long term, for the district, this was the best choice," Dunham said.
The $1.6 million turn lane and pedestrian tunnel project, funded through the Eastgate Regional Council of Governments, is scheduled to be bid out in May and completed this summer. No school funds are being used for the project that is designed to improve the flow of traffic and increase pedestrian safety.
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