Columbiana schools plan to modernize



The Columbiana Board of Education is modernizing on two fronts: making improvements to Joshua Dixon School and moving to a paperless school.

Superintendent Don Mook said Tuesday that the Dixon building dates to about 1955 and needs repairs, including the roof.

The project may involve adding metal cupolas to portions of the roof to prevent water damage as well as adding about four classrooms and modernizing the heating, cooling and air conditioning.

Work on the leaky roof will be done in phases.

If all goes well, design work could begin soon.

Strollo Architects and MS Consultants are creating plans for the work to be decided by the school board. One company will be selected. To pay for the work, the district is in the process of refinancing a loan on its inside millage, which is funding the district automatically gets and not money from levies.

Mook said the district should complete the refinancing Friday and expects interest will be low.

“Refinancing is just like a home equity loan,” he said.

The district expects the move will free up to $5 million for the work.

When the funding is in place, Mook said work will begin as soon as possible.

In its effort toward a paperless school, the district hopes to obtain mini-computers for each 170 students in next year’s junior and senior classes.

The mini-computers cost between $325 and $350 each, or a total cost of about $59,500.

There are wireless connections in the school now and Mook said more may be installed.

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