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Austintown readies $50 million schools project

Published: Mon, February 13, 2012 @ 8:57 p.m.

Austintown readies $50 million schools project


Ground will be broken before the end of this month on the $50 million Austintown schools project, now that the board of education has approved seven construction contracts.

The board approved contracts Monday for the lowest bidders:

Hudson Group Inc.: general trades, $17,736,350.

Boak and Sons Inc.: roofing, $1,396,400.

Commercial Appliance Contracts Inc.: food-service equipment, $779,462.

RNL Fire Systems LLC: fire protection, $299,000.

Antenucci Inc.: plumbing, $1,950,000; and heating, ventilation and air conditioning, $5,391,250.

W.T. Leone’s Tri-Area Electric Co. Inc.: electricity, $5,315,480.

Superintendent Vince Colaluca said now that the contracts are approved, digging likely will commence next week.

“Now we can start the digging and laying the plumbing pipes,” Colaluca said. “From this point, every phase will start moving along.”

The Ohio School Facilities Commission is paying for $27 million of the $50 million project to build two new elementary buildings on the current schools campus off Idaho Road: a kindergarten-through-second-grade building and a third-through-fifth-grade facility.

The district passed a 2.9-mill bond issue in May 2010 to raise the remaining $23 million.


1db(280 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

That should be two very nice school buildings for k-5 but what was wrong with the current building? Have the maintenance costs been calculated yet? Will the levy cover that too or will more property taxes and levies be needed? The Valley is losing population so why was this project required?

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2AtownParent(565 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

db - Maintenance is a dirty word for the ALSD and BOE. There is no maintenance. Such a shame too because they could have save the tax payers all this money if only they had maintained what they have. And there reasoning of having new schools will increase property values is BS. No one needs to move here to go to school here anymore. Over 400 kids from the Youngstown City Schools are open enrolled in ALSD.

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3db(280 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

Atown, if the school causes your property values to increase, your taxes will also increase. In an area with a declining population having increased property values is good for only the tax man. This big deal school building project is a bad deal for Atown residents.

Drive around and look at all of these new schools; they are taj mahals of excess. A building does not educate students but the teacher's union is not being reigned in and the school systems are sadly lacking. The education process is not about mega-buildings and the maintenance costs of these buildings will be massive.

Looks like another Obama payoff to the unions, just like his disastrous Cash-For-Clunkers, Wind Energy "Loans", $50 billion bailout program, 144 czars that answer not to the taxpayers but to only him, etc.. The incompetent & corrupt Chairman Obama has got to go.

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4Atownisdirty(1 comment)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

Hey Hunter21. when is the last time you paid $50 Million dollars for a car and only put gas in it. You're the idiot that had parts falling off of his car on the highway yesterday aren't you. Maybe you can pay for this yourself. Construction projects in Northeast Ohio are corrupt and rigged. I am willing to put money on the fact that this was not a fair bidding process, The schools were grossly overdesigned, and the succesful bidders are fat an happy. Don't complain to me, PROVE ME WRONG. It happened before. I'm moving to Pennsylvania, The schools disctricts are not perfect, but they certainly cannot be worse.

Hey 857nafstrops YOU ARE CORRECT. Ice storage is NOT necesary for these schools. It should only be one building to begin with. The designing engineer gets a precentage of the total job budget. So why wouldn't he want to over design the building. Makes sense, right?

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