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HANOVERTON — The United School Board has approved agreements with its contractor for the K-12 construction project to plan aspects of the upcoming construction.

The board approved SHP Architects’ professional services proposals for the domestic water treatment plant and greenhouse construction associated with the project as well as the master plan for various campus improvements.

For the water treatment plant and greenhouse, SHP will provide construction and permit documents, tender services, construction administration and closing services for a new domestic water treatment plant and a greenhouse building near the new K-12 building. Cost estimated at $129,920.

With respect to campus improvements, SHP will determine preliminary scopes, plans and budget estimates for renovations to the existing Brautingham Center and the existing three-story high school building, as well as the new connection bridge between the lobby of the existing auditorium and the new K-12 building. Cost will be billed hourly not to exceed $15,000.

The construction project includes a three-story facility to the north of the current building that addresses concerns about keeping buses and parent drop-off lines separate enough to be functional. It also preserves the existing auditorium and gymnasium, provides energy-efficient northern lighting, and facilitates career-focused classroom consolidations.

The project is funded by private bonds secured by projected tax revenues from the Nexus Pipeline, in addition to nearly $25 million from the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission (OFCC). Construction is expected to begin in summer 2023 with an opening in spring 2026.

For more information on the construction project, visit and click on the “Building Update” link at the top of the page.

In other business, the board agreed to retire Michael Hanley as caretaker effective Dec. 31 and hired Shea Ruiz as seventh-grade math teacher, Amy Soliday as short-time cook. duration and Nichole Looman as a bus driver.

The council also approved the use of a canine therapy dog “Rocco” with the direction of Samantha Muniz, Elementary Guidance Counselor, for the 2022-2023 school year; a district-wide student technology fee of $20 per incident to repair damage that is not considered acceptable customary wear and tear; purchasing a tennis net for Centennial Park in Salem, where United college tennis teams play home games; and an agreement with United Local School District and Rhodes Excavating Company Inc. for snow removal during the 2022-2023 season at a cost of $105 per hour per truck for snow removal and $480 per occurrence for salting and partial salting which will be charged Consequently .

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