Dublin Villager

Improvement projects planned at Davis, Deer Run


Improvements to two Dublin City Schools will begin before the school year is through, but construction isn't expected to interrupt classes.

The Dublin Board of Education this week approved contracts for work at Davis Middle School and Deer Run Elementary School and both projects are expected to start around spring break.

The contact for work at Davis Middle School came in under the budgeted $680,000 at $625,875, said Annette Morud, the district's business affairs director.

The commons area at Davis will be expanded to deal with overcrowding at lunch time and when the area is used for meetings.

"They'll get started around spring break," Morud said. "Most of it is outside so it can go on while school is in session."

An $877,000 contract with H&A Mechanical for the replacement of the HVAC system at Deer Run Elementary was $877,000 awarded March 10.

"That will start prior to school getting out," Morud said. "It's a pretty tight schedule to get that work done at Deer Run."

Work will be done at night so classes are not interrupted, Morud said. It should be completed by the start of the next school year.

Both projects are funded by the $15.87-million bond issue approved by voters in 2012.

Elsewhere in the district, turf replacement is going in at Jerome and Scioto high schools.

Morud said work stopped for about four months for snowy and cold winter weather, but construction is back on track.

"Both schools have used the Coffman field" in the meantime, she said.


Other matters

In other district news, board members last week approved a contract with Jeff Reinhard to serve as principal of Riverside Elementary School for the remainder of the 2013-14 school year.

Principal Connie Stitzlein was reassigned after New Albany Police charged her with assault Feb. 21.

Stitzlein allegedly threw a drawer at her fiancee during a domestic disturbance at their New Albany home.

A pre-trial hearing is set for Stitzlein in Franklin County Courts March 31.

Reinhard was a Hilliard City Schools principal for nearly 30 years and has helped Dublin City Schools by serving in leadership positions while replacements are found, including acting as principal of Wright Elementary.

At the next Dublin Board of Education meeting, a discussion on overcrowding at a few elementary schools is expected.

Overcrowding is occurring at Chapman, Indian Run and Riverside Elementary schools, Superintendent Todd Hoadley said.

Shifting attendance boundaries for the schools will be looked at, Hoadley said.

"We'll continue to watch over (those schools) closely," he said, adding the English Language Learning population at those schools is large, so the district will also focus on academic achievement in those schools.

The board of education will next meet at 7 p.m. March 20 at the central office, 7030 Coffman Road.