CUYAHOGA FALLS — Roof at the middle school replaced? Check.
New elementary school building? Check.
New gym and classroom space built at the high school? Check.
All of these were completed courtesy of a 35-year, 3.71-mill bond issue passed in 2015. The bond issue raised $33.5 million for the construction and improvements. Now, the Woodridge School District still has funds from this issue and has started the ball rolling on a fourth: constructing a new transportation office and warehouse facility.
Current plans call for the new building to be constructed directly behind the Board of Education building on Quick Road, said Superintendent Walter Davis.
Currently, the transportation office consists of a converted trailer behind the Board of Education building.
"We will be constructing a pre-engineered metal building to house the office of the transportation department at one end, with a warehouse facility at the other," Davis said. "In between the transportation office and the warehouse spaces, there will be one bay for bus washing."
Davis said the district is aiming to spend $500,000 or less on the new structure.
"Because our construction management firm had favorable bids for the elementary and high school projects, funds remain that make this project possible," Davis said.
He said the current facility "has no restrooms and is much too small to accommodate the staff assigned to it ... the bus drivers either walk to the Board Office to use restrooms - or use a porta-pot that is located on site there. It is not appropriate. The new transportation office will have an office for the supervisor and an office for his secretary. There will be a meeting room that is large enough for the entire department to meet. There will be restrooms of course."
The Woodridge local schools currently leases space from a family that owns property on State Road to keep supplies and equipment, Davis said. With the new warehouse, the district would no longer have to do that and can save money. The facility would store supplies, equipment and vehicles such as trucks, plows and lawn mowers.
The project is still in the early stages, Davis said.
"Right now, the architects are making designs," Davis said."We have yet to discuss the project with the city of Cuyahoga Falls as we are in the early phases of design. The [school] board will approve the project when that is all complete."
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