Auditorium project moves ahead

GIRARD — The Board of Education has been interviewing architects for the planned auditorium complex at the Girard junior / senior high school building off Shannon Road and will likely name the chosen firm later this month.

Board President Mark Zuppo said at the Aug. 30 meeting the board has narrowed the search to three firms and will make a selection at the Sept. 27 meeting.

”We are in the final selection process and will be evaluating which firm we would like to have for the project. We are now scoring each to make a selection,” Zuppo said.

He said the board also is working on a timeline for the project from when groundbreaking will take place to followed by a ribbon cutting.

Zuppo said while late 2018 is a possibility for project completion, he believes spring 2019 will be more likely.

”If we can hold graduation commencement in 2019 in the auditorium, that will be our goal,” he said.

Superintendent David Cappuzzello said the addition will be on property on the west side of the school building.

Zuppo said the building will be referred to as a ”Performing Arts Center” for school plays, musical programs and other school and community events.

Cappuzzello said there may be room for educational programs and classrooms as well as board offices. The offices now are located on the second floor of the city building.

School officials said there is not enough room at the Girard 7-12 school complex to house the entire student body at once in the cafetorium, which prompted them to consider building an auditorium. The cafetorium has a stage area, which is used for plays and musical performances.

In other business, the board:

• Accepted the retirement resignation of Peter Simpson as high school guidance counselor effective June 1, 2018. He has been a counselor for 11 years;

• Approved purchase of a 30-passenger bus with 18 seats and a wheelchair lift at $56,000, which was bid through Ohio Schools Council.