School Board OKs $2.4 Million Project

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The Ottawa Hills Board of Education took steps in April to address a number of deferred maintenance issues at the elementary school.

At their regular business meeting on Apr. 19, the board approved a resolution allowing Superintendent Kevin Miller and Treasurer Bradley Browne to work with an engineer to finalize a design/build contract not to exceed $2.4 million.

The project would re-do the entire heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system at the elementary school, as well as all new windows and doors.

"It can get up to 92 degrees in some of those classrooms. The kids are melting," OHES principal Kori Kawczynski said.

"Right now there are five different [HVAC] systems in the elementary school," Miller said. "It will be nice to have one system."

The project will also include installing key fobs to secure doors, to further increase security in the building.

The board was also told to expect a number of other maintenance projects in the coming years, including replacing the lighting at Niedermeier Stadium in two or three years, and replacing the artificial turf on Black Field in four or five years.

In other business, the board accepted the resignation of OHHS varsity volleyball coach Rick Gerken, effective Apr. 4.

The board also approved the renewal of the administrative contracts of Miller, Browne, junior/senior high school principal Ben McMurray, and junior/senior assistant high school principal Jackie Patterson. Their new contracts run until July 31, 2020.

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