Hilliard Northwest News

School board OKs $5.4M for permanent improvements


Hilliard school board members approved expenditures for several improvement projects April 28.

The $5.4-million appropriation for permanent improvements includes $1.8 million for technology and $1 million for debt service, as well as the purchase of 10 school buses and one van, a new roof at Scioto Darby Elementary School, blacktop repair at Davidson High School and Heritage Middle School and resurfacing of athletic tracks at Darby and Davidson high schools, said Stacie Raterman, a district spokeswoman.

The total cost for the upgrades to tracks at both high schools is $816,000, Raterman said.

Board members approved $600,000 to replace the roof at Scioto Darby Elementary School. The project was fast-tracked so repairs could be done this summer.

"This (project) jumped ahead of some others because of the condition (and) we barely are able to squeeze this one in," Director of Business Jeff Franklin said.

The board approved $90,000 for repaving at Heritage Middle School and Davidson High School.

Only portions of blacktopping at Davidson and Heritage in most need of resurfacing will be addressed.

"Blacktopping will be a big need for us in the future," Franklin said.

Board member Doug Maggied said the district must maintain its assets.

"Some of these projects are getting critical," said Maggied, referring to the roof replacement at Scioto Darby Elementary School.