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April 2 deadline asked for Wadsworth school survey


WADSWORTH — The time for residents to provide feedback on the future of Central Intermediate School is drawing to a close, Superintendent Andrew Hill said at Monday night’s school board meeting.

“We have a survey that is out there and we are asking for people to complete that survey by Monday, April 2,” he said.

The survey is one of the ways the district is seeking feedback on what to do with the 111-year-old school for grades five and six at

151 Main St. in downtown Wadsworth.

In November, the Central Intermediate School Committee recommended the district replace the structure. The committee was composed of nearly 40 community members including parents, faculty and representatives from downtown organizations who worked about a year researching their report.

Michael Foore, a member of the committee, said during the November school board meeting that it would cost $21.5 million to bring the school up to 2017 standards, while replacing the structure would cost an estimated $24 million.

A contribution from the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission would bring the cost down to an estimated $15.1 million, he said.

In addition to the survey, which is available online, the district hosted three public forums in February at Central’s O.J. Work Auditorium to provide residents with an opportunity to voice their opinions in person.

To date, the district has received about 350 surveys, Hill said.

“I would like to put together a summary of those survey results and get them to (the school board) that week of April 2,” Hill said. “I have already provided (the board) with a summary from the forums of what we heard.”

The results from the CIS survey will be addressed at its April 9 school board meeting.

In addition to the discussion about the CIS survey, the Science Textbook Adoption Committee, made up of science educators from all grade levels in the district, presented their recommendations for replacement science textbooks.

The textbooks will be on display at the Parsons Administration Building, 524 Broad St. for any teacher or community member who would like to view them and provide their input.

The school board is expected to adopt the textbooks during the April 9 meeting at the Wadsworth High School Performing Arts Center, 625 Broad St.

Contact reporter Nathan Havenner at (330) 721-4050 or nhavenner@medina-gazette.com.

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