BRUNSWICK — The school board Monday hired an engineering company to oversee building the new middle school on property behind Edwards Middle School on Pearl Road.
Brunswick will pay Motz Engineering, based in Cincinnati, $158,600 to oversee the project.
“They are actually called the owner’s agent,” Superintendent Michael Mayell explained.
“When you do a construction project through the Ohio Facilities Commission, they require you to get what they call an owner’s agent. What they do is they just double-check the construction company and architects and make sure that there are no mistakes that will cost the district money.”
The district estimates Edwards Middle School will be torn down in spring 2020 and then construction on the new school will begin.
In November, district voters approved a $48.1 million bond issue to allow Brunswick to consolidate Edwards, Visintainer and Willetts middle schools into one building on 30 acres of land owned by the district on Pearl Road behind Edwards, built in 1921, and Visintainer, built in 1949.
Revenue from the bond issue also is financing the new roof at Hickory Ridge Elementary School.
The board voted to make a change to the direction of the project at Monday’s meeting.
Sam Grida, the district’s business manager, said the building has a mansard roof that was being covered with shingles.
“Now that we are into the project, and what we visually can see, it’s not gonna look nice,” he said.
The plan now is to use metal roofing, he said, which will look better and last longer.
The project, including the shingles, would cost the district $110,084. The change to metal resulted in the district receiving a $33,909 credit for shingles. Aug. 10 is the deadline for this project.
The board raised the cost of school lunches, effective with the 2018-19 school year.
“The cost of the food is going up for us. We’re not allowed to lose money in the food program by state law so we have to pass those costs on to the consumers, which are the parents. We haven’t raised those prices in a long time and they are very comparable to what’s around in the area,” Mayell said.
Elementary school lunches will rise from $2.75 to $3, middle school lunches from $3 to $3.25, and high school lunches from $3.25 to $3.50.