EAST PALESTINE SCHOOLS Board is buying a house for workers' temporary use

A three-week bidding process will follow approval of the building plans.
EAST PALESTINE -- East Palestine Board of Education is buying a West North Avenue house adjacent to the elementary school.
Superintendent Jeff Richardson said the house will be used by construction managers and contractors during the district's construction project, he said. When construction is complete, the house will be torn down to give elementary school staff more parking space, he said.
The district will receive $13 million from the Ohio School Facilities Commission's state building assistance fund and the school district will kick in $1.3 million it borrowed through the sale of bonds for additions and other improvements to the elementary, middle and high schools.
Bidding: Richardson said no date has been set for the start of construction. A three-week bidding process will take place after the state approves the plans. State officials received the plans May 15, he said.
A kitchen and cafeteria will be added to the elementary school, and classrooms will be added to the elementary, middle school and high schools, Richardson said.
The improvements are the latest in a building program that began after voters approved a $7 million construction project in 1995 that put the district's nearly 1,700 pupils in a central location on the city's north side.
Additions to the former middle school put K-5 pupils from two elementary buildings into one facility and sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders in a new middle school adjacent to the high school.
Pupils started using the new facilities in January 1998.

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