PEPPER PIKE — Construction crews are set to begin work in the media center at Brady Middle School in March. Yet Orange City School District officials still have details to work out for the project, including paint colors and furniture, according to Jeff Henderson of Then Design Architecture.
Mr. Henderson said that Then Design Architecture has received shop drawings for casework to ensure that the correct materials will be used on the project. He explained that the firm must specify three manufacturers for all the products to get competitive pricing, then the vendor may choose any of the manufacturers.
“We just have to make sure that what they’re providing is consistent with our documents,” Mr. Henderson said at a Building and Grounds Committee meeting on Feb. 21. “There’s a standard process that takes place.”
In January, Superintendent Lynn Campbell proposed adding science room updates to the $3.9 million phase three renovation. Mr. Henderson continues to work on putting that request in a drawing format, he said, adding that A.M. Higley Co. has sketches for preliminary pricing. Drawings for two additional staff restrooms that will be added to the sixth and seventh grade wings still are in the works, he said.
Currently in Brady, there is a hallway that runs between the library and administrative offices. As a part of the renovation project, this hallway space will become part of the media center.
Orange Board of Education member Jeff Leikin said that he does not want to make unnecessary cuts to phase three of the project due to the $3.9 million guaranteed maximum price. He suggested reaching out to various groups that could provide funding, including the Orange Schools Foundation.
“I hate to say we don’t have the money and scrap something,” Mr. Leikin said.
Dr. Campbell said that he is unaware of any cuts due to the budget at this point.
The next step for the school board is to decide on paint colors and furniture, Mr. Henderson advised.
At the Feb. 25 Orange Board of Education meeting, board member Melanie Weltman said that she would like more information about how kids will use the space before choosing furniture. She stated that the room would require different types of furniture depending on whether students could use it freely or come with a class, and how teachers would like to seat their students in the media center.
Board President Beth Wilson-Fish said that she wants to be sure to include enough bookshelves in the new media center.
“I have a concern about the bookshelves,” she said. “I want to make sure that our kids have access to that literature.”
Brady Middle renovations began in 2017 with an update to restrooms and building accessibility for about $262,613. The second phase completed last year included improvements to the clinic, administration area, entrance security, lobby and reception area in addition to transforming the old gym to learning and music education spaces for about $3 million.
In other news, the board reviewed a $170,313 contract with ACE, a division of Meritech, Inc., for 28 new copiers and software. Orange schools Director of Business Operations Ted Roseberry recommended the contract, stating that it would bring a significant cost savings to the district.
“The big part of this contract and why it’s a no brainer is that the price per click goes down,” he said.
Mr. Roseberry explained that the current copiers that the district uses cost anywhere between half of a cent up to one penny per click. With the ACE contract, the cost per click would be 0.0035 cents for a black and white copy and 0.035 cents per color copy.
“Essentially, this is as cheap as going to a print center now,” he said. “We’re going to save roughly $4,000 a month in copies, and you can print anywhere in the district.”
The ACE copiers can also keep track of how many copies one particular user makes, and board member Rebecca Boyle said that she would like people to be held accountable for how many copies they make. Dr. Boyle also suggested that the copiers should be pre-set to black and white so the district will not waste money on color copies when they are not necessary.