Champion sees upgrades
By BOB COUPLAND
CHAMPION — With a new school complex set to open for grades pre-kindergarten to eighth in less than a month, students in grades ninth to 12th who attend Champion High School also will see some changes when they start school this year.
Superintendent Pamela Hood said at this week’s board meeting various upgrades have been made to the interior and exterior of the high school.
“It’s not just the elementary and middle school students and staff gaining new building improvements. Champion High School students and staff will see many improvements as well. The high school has not been forgotten,” Hood said.
The improvements include:
• High school parking lot and driveway paving, $417,130;
• Refurbishing of gymnasium ceiling with new ceiling coating and painting of gym vents, $153,929;
• Gymnasium bleachers replaced for both home and visitor sides, $120,924;
• Softball and baseball fields construction with relocating soccer field and reseeding, $446,888,
• Painting of interior hallways, $900;
• Installing new water fountains with bubblers for filling water bottles, $2,500;
• Landscaping front of school with new trees and shrubs, $9,600;
• New roofs for two stadium concession stands, field house and storage building, $24,900;
• Construction of new ticket booth, $8,500;
• Replacing flagpole at front entrance, $4,500;
• New auditorium theatrical lighting, $25,000;
Officials said work has taken place throughout the summer, with most projects to be finished by August. Most projects are being funded from the general fund. The soccer field relocation and seeding is to be done by the end of August, with $398,000 paid through the locally funded share of a construction bond.
Workers with Miller Yount Paving have spent this week paving the parking lot. Work also includes filling in a ditch at the front of the school off Mahoning Avenue at $16,500.
As for the new PK-8 school complex, Hood said a grand opening and dedication will be Aug. 17 with ribbon cutting 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. followed by a tour 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Students start classes Aug. 23.
Officials said classroom furniture is in place and ceiling and flooring has been completed at the new school. Air quality testing is being done later this month and final inspection of the building elevator is complete.
Hood said demolition of the old elementary and middle school buildings is set for the first week in September.
The auction of items in the two schools was done in June. A safety fence will be placed around both buildings this month and abatement of the buildings will be done into August.
She said as soon as the demolition is complete, community members can retrieve building bricks on the two sites. All bricks will have been washed and available at no cost.
Also this week, the board:
• Approved membership dues of $683 for the Ohio Coalition for Equity and Adequacy based on enrollment of 1,366 students;
• Approved $20,000 to the band account for musical instruments;
• Announced band night 7:30 p.m. Aug. 14.