YOUNGSTOWN SCHOOLS Board takes action on building projects

Harding and Taft schools are to be razed by year's end.
YOUNGSTOWN -- The board of education will advertise for bids for asbestos removal and demolition of Harding Elementary School and has approved the design for the school that will replace it.
Bids are due by Aug. 16. Asbestos removal is to begin about Sept. 23 and will take five weeks, followed by an estimated five weeks of demolition, Steven L. Ludwinski, senior project manager with Heery International Inc., told the board Tuesday.
Pupils will be at Jefferson Elementary School until the new Harding opens.
Ludwinski said the demolition of Taft Elementary School will follow about three weeks behind Harding. Taft pupils will be at Bennett Elementary while work is done.
Architect Terry McCoy of Hanahan-Strollo Architects presented plans for the new East Middle School, which will be built on Bryn Mawr Avenue, separated by a stream and wetlands from North Elementary School.
A storm-water detention area will be behind the new building, which will house grades seven and eight on the first floor and grades five and six on the second floor. The $12.1 million building, to be completed in April 2005, is designed for 750 pupils.
Change in design
Architect Gary Balog of Ricciuti Balog & amp; Partners announced the design of the new East High School on Bennington Avenue has been changed to move the media center one flight up from the bottom floor of the building, which will have four tiers going down a hillside above a stream.
Superintendent Benjamin McGee said the media center will be more accessible because it will be entered from the second and third tier. The $26.1 million building is designed for 1,200 students.
The board authorized Ralph Tyler Companies of Cleveland to prepare documents for emergency partial demolition and repair of a chimney at The Rayen School, which was damaged by lightning several weeks ago. The chimney height is to be halved from 150 to 75 feet, and a lightning protection system is to be designed.
The work is included in the six-year, $180 million schools construction and renovation project.
The board also hired Bruce Palmer, Michael Schubert and Kenneth Ekis as elementary principals and Yvonne Paul as an assistant secondary principal.
Palmer will be at Princeton School, Schubert at Bennett and Ekis at Jackson Elementary. Paul is assigned to Chaney High School.
Most recently, Palmer was principal at Reed Middle School in Campbell, Schubert was director of curriculum and instruction at Southeast Local Schools in Ravenna, Ekis was principal at McKinley Elementary School in Poland, and Paul was a unit principal at Cleveland East Tech High School.

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