June 26, 2016

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Claggett Middle School renovations done just in time for the bell

Claggett Middle School renovations were completed just in time for the first week of school. The $158,400 project began in June more than a year ago with the installation of security cameras and door buzzers at the front entrance.

This summer, the bulk of the project focused on improving the main office.

“We pushed the whole office complex down by the gym,” said Jon Burkhart, director of business affairs for Medina Schools. “It’s all glass around the corner, so now the office can see all the activity in the hallway and in front of the gym.”

He said the office previously had no view of the hallway or entrances, but the new glass that was put in will help administrators control the activities at the north and west entrances.

Superintendent Dave Knight said the project increased security at the school.

“We take security very seriously at Medina City Schools,” he said. “It’s also a much more welcoming, warm feeling when you’re coming into the building.”

Burkhart said inspectors from the Medina Building Department came in a week before school started to check the fire alarms and electrical, plumbing and structural work, and approved occupancy for the school year.

The finishing touches, like the hallway carpet in front of the office, were completed Tuesday.

“Summer is such a short window of time to get stuff done, so they were working on weekends and everything else all through the summer to get this completed,” Burkhart said.

The first day of school at Claggett was Aug. 19.

Contact reporter Katie Anderson at (330) 721-4012 or kanderson@medina-gazette.com.

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Katie Anderson covers Medina County government and the city of Wadsworth. She has been with The Gazette since July 2014. Contact her at (330) 721-4012 or via email at kanderson@medina-gazette.com.