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Hubbard schools’ campus to house all students together



Published: Sat, October 1, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m.

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Hubbard schools Superintendent Richard Buchenic stands near construction of the district’s new middle school. The building, which will connect the elementary and high schools, is scheduled to be completed in 2013.

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Construction is under way for the Hubbard Local School District’s new middle school. The building’s energy-efficient features will save the district money.

By Robert Guttersohn

rguttersohn@vindy.com

Hubbard

For now, the new middle school gymnasium’s floor is caked with mud.

Natural light is the only light source for the now-empty band room. And on a rainy day, water falls to the floor of what will be a classroom just under two years from now.

The sounds of pounding hammers and saws echo throughout the cement hallways. And the bright sparks from a man welding a metal tube lights up what will be the middle school cafeteria.

But when Hubbard’s new middle school is complete in 2013, it will act as a bridge, both academically and physically between the new elementary school to its north and the 1-year-old high school to its south. The entire campus will stretch a quarter of a mile under one roof and educate all of its 2,100 students on the 67-acre campus.

“We felt it was more important to build on one campus without buying new property,” said Superintendent Richard Buchenic after providing The Vindicator with a tour of the construction site. He spoke in his office housed inside 40-year-old Reed Middle School, which — like Roosevelt Elementary on Stewart Street — will be demolished after the new middle school is complete.

The campus concept will allow students to share hallways. For example, the middle and high school cafeterias will share a service area. Middle and elementary students will share a computer lab and a library. Music and drama courses will share the same hallways, storage and auditorium, which with the community pool will be the only sections of the educational structure that will not be new.

“We decided that the best idea was to share space,” Buchenic said. “Everything is centralized in one place. All the buses come here. It’s much better that way. It is much more efficient.”

The entire structure cost $56 million to build. The district paid for 32 percent of the building, borrowing the money through the issuance of 27-year bonds in 2006. And after an inspection of the district’s old school buildings, the Ohio School Facilities Commission took on 68 percent of the cost.

The building, Buchenic predicted, will save the district 30 percent in heating and cooling costs due to the 340 geothermal wells buried more than 300 feet into the ground behind the high school.

“The savings are unbelievable,” Buchenic said. “We will be saving money on the campus to spend elsewhere.”

When the entire project is complete, only the football field and the board of education offices, which will be built where Roosevelt now stands, will be located away from the campus. Reed Middle School will be converted into a softball field.

And in the woods, there will be a usable land lab for biology courses.

By November, crews hope to have applied a water-sealant membrane on the roof and the hallway’s cement blocks that will prevent leakage. That will allow contractors to work on the interior throughout the winter. With that, laminate will replace the mud that cakes the gym floor. And soon after, music will fill the halls of the new middle school.


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1db(280 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

What was wrong with the old school? Built in early 1970 it was in excellent condition. These new schools look like Taj Mahals and are a waste of taxpayer money.

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2Freeatlast(1991 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

WELL SAID db

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3countryboymark(25 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

The Ohio State Supreme court ruled that the way Ohio Public schools are funded is unconstitutional! Yet, this is how 56 million dollars is spent. You can build the nicest schools, but it still will not create future leaders. The government should get out of schools and let students choose where to send their kids...

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4Life888(17 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

I will be very sad when Reed and Roosevelt get toen down. I went to Roosevelt Elementary School for Kindergarden to 4th grade (1996 to 2001), and Reed Middle School (2001 to 2005).

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5db(280 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

Another government payoff to the teacher's union?

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6Bigben(1996 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

I agree folks .

Come on the freakin state is broke and we are still building new schools how irresponsible is this? They have done it all over Ohio whether buildings weren't that old or not.

If one of us pulled this crap they would ruin us for good and throw us in jail.

Anyone know if this insanity is going on in other states?

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7Bigben(1996 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

db I agree with your earlier comments but this has nothing to do with teacher's unions.The teachers unions are in survival mode they aren't in a position to pull this. No this comes from on high.

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8Bigben(1996 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

@countryboymark - - -I have a pretty good idea how future leaders are created and it has little to do with traditional education.

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9iBuck(217 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

People in other parts of Ohio are asking the same question: How is it that the state and local governments are saying they're so short on funds, but there are so many new school building projects in places that have perfectly adequate buildings now?

Maybe it's some of the phase 1 or phase 2 Porkulus funding from the Obummer admin, based on ever more rapidly increasing federal debt, and timed so that the new schools open before 2012 November.

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