Bethel board discusses construction

By Cecilia Fox -

BETHEL TWP. — The Bethel school board approved the expansion of the district’s bus barn, heard an update on construction, and authorized the purchase of new textbooks at their meeting Monday night.

Owner’s representative Joe Harkleroad told the board that construction is “really moving fast right now.” All of the concrete floors are in place throughout the addition, he said.

According to Harkleroad, there are about 75 workers at the site at any given time.

Road widening is also on schedule, he added. Roofing and brick work are currently underway, with both set to be completed by the first week in September.

“We’ll have a building,” Harkleroad said. “So the structure will be standing there, the face brick will be on. That’s what you can expect to see soon after school starts.”

The district has not yet bid out for furnishings or playground equipment for the addition, but has so far committed $21 million of its $22 million budget.

He also discussed the expansion of the bus barn as part of the construction project, which the board approved Monday night.

The current bus barn will stay where it is, Harkleroad said, but a “pre-engineered” metal addition will be made to the existing structure. This is the most cost effective way to move the bus doors and direct traffic away from the playground, he said.

The existing structure was in use at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base until the 1980s, when it was taken down and reassembled on campus at Bethel, Harkleroad said.

The board also approved the purchase of new science curriculum resources at a cost of $123,000. The materials include the “Science Fusion” series for grades four through eight from Houghton-Mifflin Harcourt, as well as the Pearson series for the high school.

Superintendent Virginia Potter updated the board on the district’s new website, which launched this week. According to Potter, creating their own website saved the district an estimated $4,500.

The old web address will redirect to the new one, or people can use the new address:

“It’s the same information, just a little different set up,” Potter said.

By Cecilia Fox

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