The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

Local News

June 23, 2012

Two new schools ready for Bula students

ASHTABULA — Two new intermediate schools, with shiny new floors and freshly painted walls, will be ready for Ashtabula Area City schoolchildren, come fall.

Work is nearly finished on Erie and Superior Intermediate schools at the Ashtabula Lakeside Elementary Campus, 2300 Wade Ave., said Ben Pintabona, project manager.

“Punch list work at Superior is ongoing and should be finished soon,” he said. “The building is far enough along that furniture is being placed in the classrooms.”

With school out for the summer, district staff is busy moving equipment and teaching supplies from Saybrook and Lakeside Intermediate schools into the new school.

Cleaning Erie Intermediate School is an ongoing project, he said.

“Bringing in furniture will begin in a week or so,” Pintabona said.

 Exterior concrete work is done, the playground is installed and landscaping is under way, thanks to the warm and sunny weather, he said.

But the prize of the campus is the bell tower, salvaged from now-demolished West Junior High School, that will provide a serene, outdoor gathering spot for students and staff.

“We appear to be on track to finish the project in the black,” Pintabona said. “Our last cost model showed the project about $128,000 under budget.”

Demolition at Plymouth and Washington elementary schools is finished, topsoil spread and grass planted, he said.

The Plymouth trustees purchased 13.4 acres at 1002 Plymouth Road, also known as the site of the Plymouth Elementary School. The sale included playground equipment, a flagpole and the school’s sign.

McKinsey Elementary School on Bunker Hill Road has been demolished and is being cleaned up and workers are filling the basements now.

The last building to be abated and demolished is Lakeside Intermediate, also known as old Ashtabula High School on West 44th Street.

On Wednesday night, the Ashtabula Area City Board of Education awarded the bid to abate the building of asbestos to Cardinal Environmental Services of Akron for $365,000.

ProQuality Land Development of Campbell was awarded the job of demolishing the school for $365,000.

The work will be done by early December, Superintendent Joseph Donatone said.

The bell from old Ashtabula High School will be erected into a bell tower to be built in front of Lakeside High School in Saybrook Township, he said.

Pintabona said, “The trades people will not quit or slow down until all of the work is complete.”

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