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New Brunswick middle school on track, under budget

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BRUNSWICK –– Roads are flooded and crop planting is delayed.

Ohio’s rainy spring has not been kind to Medina County, but Monday evening Brunswick Superintendent Michael Mayell offered some good news when asked about the new middle school project.

The school, which is being paid for from a $63 million bond issue, is under budget and on track to be completed in time for the 2020-21 school year.

“Everything is on time, on pace,” said Mayell after Monday’s board meeting. “We’re under budget right now, anywhere between a million and half a million depending on what you’re looking at.”

The footers for the building have been placed, crews are beginning to lay brick and steel for the building will begin arriving in July.

This work fulfills a promise to consolidate and rebuild after passage of a November 2017 bond issue. Then, voters approved a plan to allow Brunswick Schools 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 and Visintainer. The district’s three current middle schools will be combined into one facility with the completion of the project. The school will house up to 1,800 students

In other news

During the meeting, board members accepted a three-year sponsorship deal from MDG Flooring, a local carpet and flooring company, on behalf of the athletic department.

MDG Flooring has been a sponsor of the district’s athletic programs for the last three years and will continue to be a sponsor. Throughout the three years, the athletic department will receive a total of $7,500 over the course of the contract.

“We don’t have anything specific that it’s earmarked to cover,” said John Justice, athletic director. “It’s just a different way for us to fund our athletic department.”

In addition, the board approved a motion to enter into a contract with Suburban School Transportation Company on an hourly basis for transportation as needed.

“Suburban, they’re an independent contractor … we usually use them for a lot of our special needs situations,” said Treasurer Mark Pepera. “This particular contract would be good through all of next year.”

Contact reporter Alyssa Alfano at (330) 721-4063 or aalfano@medina-gazette.com.


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