September 19, 2014

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Wadsworth school administrators make temporary move

WADSWORTH — A hefty moving process began Friday for Wadsworth Schools as administrators started relocating from offices at Isham Memorial Elementary School to temporary quarters at the middle school. More moving is on tap for today.

School officials and staff members are transferring desks, chairs, computers, printers and copiers in preparation for a larger move in a few months. Overlook Elementary School on Broad Street will become the permanent home for the administration offices in the fall.

Dan Ortiz, a computer technician for Wadsworth Schools, and Sandy Hall, administrative assistant for the superintendent, load office equipment Friday at Isham Memorial Elementary School. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY STEVE GRAZIER)

“This is the first phase of our big move,” said Joe Magnacca, director of facilities for Wadsworth Schools, in reference to the new Wadsworth High School and Community Campus under construction. “We need to get out of our old buildings by June 1 and turn things over to the contractors.”

Staff at Isham, Valley View and Overlook elementary schools and the high school will begin to move classroom material and larger equipment into new buildings after the last day of school on May 17, Magnacca said.

Isham, Valley View and the high school will be demolished prior to the opening of new schools in early September, he said. The old Overlook school is being remodeled to be the new school administration building.

The high-school project broke ground in August 2009. The Wadsworth High School Advisory group initially wanted to make the existing high school handicap accessible, but the group found it would be more cost effective to build a new high school behind the present one at 625 Broad St.

Cost of the new high school and community campus is about $130 million and includes a health and wellness recreation facility and senior center, Magnacca said. The effort includes constructing three new elementary schools for Isham, Valley View and Overlook.

In November 2008, voters passed a $3.9 million, 28-year bond issue to help build the campus. In December 2009, the school district sold $15 million in Qualified School Construction Bonds to pay for the three elementary schools.

Contact Steve Grazier at (330) 721-4012 or sgrazier@medina-gazette.com.