At the Nov. 13 Dublin City School District Board of Education meeting, discussions continued about elementary school additions.

At the Nov. 13 Dublin City School District Board of Education meeting, discussions continued about elementary school additions.

Throughout the month of November, representatives from the engineering architectural firm of Garmann/Miller Architects are scheduled to visit all 12 elementary schools with the goal of making a recommendation as to where four or five school additions will be constructed.

As of Nov. 13, five buildings had been assessed.

Garmann/Miller representatives are expected to present a report about their findings at the first school board meeting in January.

The company has previously collaborated with school districts in Findlay, Cedarville, Mansfield and Lima.

Also in January, a Request for Qualifications for architect services will be examined to select a design firm.

The design phase is expected to take six to eight months, the bidding and award decision will take six to eight weeks and construction would be nine to 11 months.

The proposed additions are part of the district's effort to address enrollment growth issues.

"Our goal is to have the first additions open for students in the fall of 2016, with the remainder opening in the fall of 2017," said Todd Hoadley, Dublin superintendent.

"As we've stated throughout this process, we will keep our community informed on the progress of the projects," Hoadley said.

Other matters

In other building improvement news, the board discussed that Davis Middle School needs a new gym floor and bleachers.

No definite plans have been set yet.

Plans are also being discussed to expand Jerome's science labs, because of crowding.

With more students and teachers, the district's computer network was starting to run low on free space so the board approved the purchase of 45 terabytes of increased storage capacity and 45 terabytes of backup capacity. The two storage devices cost $78,287.28.

The meeting started with Riverside Elementary School's new Principal Staci Lutz, leading 10 students from the Student Leadership Team in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Lutz has been serving as the interim principal at Riverside since February.

There were about 100 community members in attendance at the meeting.

The next regularly scheduled board meeting is planned for 7 p.m. Dec. 8 in the 1919 Building at 144 West Bridge St.

Sixteen National Merit Semifinalists were honored by Dustin Miller, director of secondary education for their academic accomplishment.

Students took the PSAT exam in order to qualify to be a National Merit Semifinalist.

Dublin had the most SemiFinalists of any Ohio school district.

Also, two Dublin teachers were honored with the Golden Shamrock Award for their dedication to education.

Secretary Pat Ford and teacher Gardner Watkins, both from Dublin Scioto High School, were honored with the lifetime achievement award.

Bob Scott, principal of Scioto, said Watkins, a science teacher, exhibits enthusiasm for all facets of education.

"Kids learn tremendously (from Watkins) and don't even know they are learning," Scott read from one nomination.

When Scott introduced Ford, Scioto's receptionist, he called her the "face of Scioto."

"She takes a special interest in every staff and student and is a kind person to work with," read Scott from a nomination.