Heather Beyer
Ohio.com correspondent


STOW: Architects from the firm Braun & Steidl issued a report on the exterior assessment of the district’s nine school buildings, bus garage, and administrative office at a special meeting last week.



According to the report from Braun & Steidl, almost $6.5 million is needed to repair the buildings in the school district.



All the buildings were examined for exterior conditions, with the exception of the roofs, which are already being dealt with Superintendent Russ Jones said at the meeting. Proposed repairs, restorations and replacements were given a priority of one through three, with one being the highest.



There is currently no timeline for the when the suggested repairs would take place.



"This really is for informational purposes and to make sure the Board of Education and the public are aware of some of the challenges we have with our buildings,” said Jones in an email interview.



Treasurer Catherine Bulgrin, who was credited by Jones for proposing the assessment, said the study was put on hold until 2012 after an operating levy was passed. She added that this report will allow school officials to address the needs of the district’s buildings in a “more routine fashion based on priorities”



Bulgrin said the district paid Braun & Steidl $54,000 for the study.



Bulgrin said the assessment will allow the district to be “more proactive rather than reactive when an emergency may arise."



Necessary repairs



Highland Elementary topped the list of necessary improvements of about $1.3 million.



According to the report, the highest priorities include repairs to the mortar joints of the building’s walls, gas line, windows and parking lot drainage.



Lakeview Intermediate is billed as the second highest priority for the district for repairs totaling to nearly $1.25 million. The majority of funds needed for the priority repairs – nearly $734,000 – would go toward replacing aluminum and steel windows.



Additional estimates for the buildings listed in the report range from as much as $604,023 for Woodland Elementary to $72,300 for the bus garage. 



The board will meet again at 7 p.m. March 17 at Highland Elementary School.