Geneva BOE members discuss administrative office

The Geneva Area City Schools are reviewing plans for new district offices. This house is among options being considered.

GENEVA — Two Geneva Area City Schools Board of Education members were sworn in on Wednesday night. The board also passed a number of motions for the coming year.

Sarah Fisher was re-elected in November and Amber Metzler was elected to an open seat. Ashtabula County Common Pleas Court Judge Marianne Sezon swore in Fisher and Metzler.

Jamie Ortiz was elected president of the board and Fisher was elected vice president.

Sarah Fisher was appointed to the A-Tech board.

Metzler was appointed as the board’s legislative liaison for 2020.

At the end of Wednesday’s meeting, the board spent some time discussing a new office for the district’s administration.

Currently, the district rents a building at 135 South Eagle Street, which officials say is too small for its needs.

“We’ve run out of storage space here. We’re dealing with some sagging floors and no areas to store records,” Geneva Area City Schools Superintendent Eric Kujala said.

Currently, the board is paying $15,300 per year in rent for use of the current office, Kevin Lillie, treasurer, said.

The district formed a strategic plan last year and one of the parts of that plan was to secure a new office.

The plan calls for either finding an existing building or constructing a new one on the high school campus. One of the locations proposed in the plan is the former Key Bank building.

The proposed sale price of the building is $800,000, Kujala said.

Another potential option was a house adjacent to Geneva High School, which was purchased by the district. Estimated costs for renovations were between $1.2 and $1.4 million, Arndt said.

“That was just outrageous,” he said.

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