BERGHOLZ — More improvements are coming to Edison High School as school board members discussed plans at Thursday’s meeting.
During regular session at John Gregg Elementary School, the panel formally approved a $532,000 bid from Fairfield Landscape of Canonsburg, Pennsylvania to complete the outdoor walking path on the EHS campus. Superintendent Bill Beattie said a construction meeting was being held to review details and work should be completed in December.
A deal was approved in July with Burgettstown, Pa.-based JTSA Sports for architectural and engineering services to create the 1.5-mile wooded trail, which would be available to students and the public on the Richmond campus. The project primarily involves excavation and surfacing, and when completed, the course will stretch from the high school grounds to nearby woods. The path, which is 8 feet wide, also has the option of reversing and hikes can span a total of 3.1 miles. Beattie noted that the trail could be used for purposes other than health; other ideas are to use the area for science classes and other forms of outdoor education.
However, the council had to reapply for the project after a first attempt yielded no response.
“We relisted it because the first time no one bid on it,” said Beattie. “Upon approval, (the contractor) was hoping to mobilize on Monday with a substantial completion date of December 16.”
He said a pre-construction visit had been made and Fairfield officials would return in the spring to add grass seed.
“No trees need to be moved, so this should be a lot easier to do,” said Beattie.
He added that federal emergency relief funds for elementary and secondary schools were being used to cover the costs.
Along the same lines, council discussed improvements including adding an indoor sports facility to the old bus barn and an exterior painting project at the high school.
“There would be an indoor batting facility and we are looking at lights and installing an indoor batting cage. We will also have to clean the building,” Beattie noted, saying the job should be done fairly quickly and a completion date was scheduled for November.
The district is also looking to paint the exterior of the high school building and has scheduled a preconstruction meeting to solicit bids. Executives said the project involves updating about 55,000 square feet of the building, including the annex, and bids would be taken until Oct. 7, with a contractor to be approved at the council meeting. next month.
In other actions, the council:
– Certified teachers Eugene Ciciarelli, Gina Fogle, Lindsay Breon, Mark Tyler Miller, Shawn Scott, Kyle Solar, Christopher Tarquinio and Gabryelle Walsh on the certified substitute list and Steven White as a Transportation Department contractor;
— Terminated Alicia Hartman’s additional contract as a cross-country coach and she will remain a volunteer;
— Approved a contract with the Jefferson County Juvenile Court for the school liaison program;
— Approval of a transition agreement with Family First, Head Start and Columbiana County Community Action Council;
— Approved an agreement with the Jefferson County Educational Service Center for alternative school services for the 2022-2023 school year;
— Announced a strategic planning meeting at 6 p.m. this Thursday at Stanton Elementary;
— Fix the next regular meeting for October 20 at 6 p.m. at Stanton.