PEPPER PIKE — Instead of having Chromebook charging stations in each classroom in Brady Middle School, Orange City School District Superintendent Lynn Campbell proposed using that money to update the science rooms.

At the Monday board of education meeting, Dr. Campbell said he noticed that white board replacements were still listed in the guaranteed maximum price of $3.9 million for Phase 3 of the Brady renovations, approved by the board in December, even though the board decided not to replace white boards. He also said that the board had planned on using custom cabinetry in classrooms for Chromebook charging stations. Cabinets would have cost $205,500 and whiteboards $54,500.

Rather than keeping the Chromebooks at school, Dr. Campbell said that the students can take them home, which would eliminate the need for a charging station in each classroom. This led to a combined savings of $260,000, which Dr. Campbell now plans on using to do minor renovations to several science rooms to make them flexible learning spaces and possibly adding two staff restrooms.

Jeff Henderson of Then Design Architecture informed the Building and Grounds Committee on Jan. 22 that the next step is to choose cabinetry and countertops and to start a discussion on colors for the interior of the building.

“We need to figure out conceptually how we will add color to the classrooms, hallways and media center,” Mr. Henderson said at the committee meeting.

Brady Middle School Principal Brian Frank said that the building currently uses three colors to correspond with each grade level. Green is for sixth-graders, blue is for seventh-graders and orange is for eighth-graders. Mr. Henderson said that he does not plan on changing the colors for each grade.

Mr. Henderson presented various color options for the classrooms to the board on Jan. 28. He suggested using an accent color and casework on the wall against the hallway in each classroom so that the room has “warm wood and color.

“The wall color is not critical yet, but the casework color needs to be chosen ASAP,” he said.

Mr. Henderson presented several options for coloring the hallways, including colored lockers with a neutral wall or a colored wall with neutral lockers.

Board and committee member Rebecca Boyle asked about the paint chipping, as lockers are opened and closed several times per day. Mr. Henderson offered a solution with enamel paint.

“We would specify industrial enamel to be put on those lockers, but I will tell you that the baked enamel that’s on the original lockers is a little bit more durable finish than if you put a painted finish on top of it,” he said.

Mr. Henderson also presented various options for color in the media center, including using up to three different colors in the room. He said that the room could have neutral colored walls and still have a colorful appearance with the furniture.

Board President Beth Wilson-Fish asked if there will be enough space for charging devices in the media center, and Mr. Henderson said that there will be plenty of space to charge all electronics. Melanie Weltman, another board member, suggested that the building and grounds committee reach out to other districts that have recently made renovations to get feedback on their projects.

Andy Hudak of A.M. Higley Co. said that they are currently working on scope reviews with the contractors to answer questions and clarify the details of the project.

“We’ve been busy going through scope reviews with all of the contractors in the project to make sure that they have the information needed to complete the job,” Mr. Hudak said.

Renovations to the media center will begin in March. He said that contractors will build temporary partitions between the construction area and where students and staff are working. There will be a haul-out plan, which will assign contractors designated times to move materials to cause little disruption to students and staff, according to Mr. Hudak.

He expects little noise throughout the renovation. Mr. Frank asked Mr. Hudak for limited noise on various days in April and May due to scheduled student testing.

Julie Hullett has been a reporter for the Chagrin Valley Times since August of 2018 and covers Gates Mills, Hunting Valley, Moreland Hills, Orange, Pepper Pike and Woodmere. She graduated from John Carroll University with a journalism degree in 2018.

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