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ORWELL- - The maintenance plan for Grand Valley's new $38 million campus-style multiage school, which opened a year ago, has not been approved as yet by the Ohio School Facilities Commission, according to Superintendent John Sheets.

Problems have existed for the past year with the new school's heating, ventilation and air conditioning equipment and also getting contractors to find and fix the problems, Sheets said. OSFC funded two-thirds of the costs for building the pre-K to 12 building, and final approval is needed to close out the project.

In giving an update on the building and the new outdoor athletic complex at Monday's board session, Sheets said the contractors still are checking out the control problems. Corrections are needed, he said, to balance the air flow among all the rooms and the equipment installed.

"Now, we are into the heating period and have got to correct these problems," Sheets said.

The board approved signing a one-year maintenance service agreement with Roth Brothers Inc., for planned maintenance, and approved repairs needed on the equipment, not to exceed $9,000. The agreement will cover the current school year to 2007.

Weather conditions interrupted getting the all-weather track striped and laid out at the athletic complex, Sheets said. Another problem that has cropped up involves the football field underground drainage system, which is not working properly.

"The contractor has agreed to come back and reseed the field at the end of this year's football season," Sheets told the board.

In other actions, the board of education:

- Accepted the resignation of Karen Mraz, the superintendent's administrative secretary. Mraz has been employed by the school district for 21 years. Her resignation is effective Dec. 31. Sheets said the position will be posted internally to see whether there is interest in the job before advertising the vacancy outside;

- Accepted resignations from Tammy Birch as Model United Nations adviser and Krystal Henson as junior varsity softball coach;

- Hired Tracie Murduck as elementary school literacy coach, with a stipend of $2,000, and Phyllis Difford to work on days when students are in school and other days as approved by Sheets;

- Approved 2007 fiscal appropriations as follows: $10.8 million for the general fund, $762,458 in special revenue funds; $1.004 million in debt service funds, $261,734 in capital project funds, for a total of $13.41 million; $4,000 in trust funds, $523,370 in enterprise funds, $250 in fiduciary funds, and $34,788 in agency funds;

- Authorized district treasurer Lisa Moodt to apply for an amended certificate of estimated resources from the Ashtabula County Auditor's office for the 2006-07 school year; and

- Authorized BOE President David Hendershott to sign a permanent agreement for the driveway adjacent to the Grand Valley Public Library, with property owner James W. Dodd. The school board acts as the fiscal agent for the library board.

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