Clay Awards Contract To Raze Buildings
by Wayne Allen Wallen@communitycommon.com
At their November 17th meeting the Clay Board of Education awarded a contract to Solid Rock Construction, of West Portsmouth for the demolition of the Rosemonut and Rubyville buildings. The contract is valued at $221,339.00.
"We went through the bidding process months ago. The original low bidder was a company out of Michigan, they never really signed a contract. We then started a second round of bidding. When we rebid we got better numbers, the final total was $50,000 cheaper," Tony Mantell, Superintendent of the Clay Local School District said.
Mantell said the Rosemount School has been razed. The only thing that remains of the building is the gym that will be used by the township trustees.
"Crews are conducting asbestos abatement in the Rubyville school. They should be done any day with that, then they will start demolition," Mantell said.
He said the district have saved some items from the schools that have sentimental value.
"The playgrounds are going to stay at both locations. We're in discussions with the township trustees and they would like to turn both the areas to parks," Mantell said.
He said the Rubyville school at one time served as the districts high school.
"Anytime you demolish an old building it's sad. Because the buildings have served students in so many families over the years. People have a lot of fond memories while they were in those buildings," Mantell said. "You want to believe there were a whole lot more good times than there were bad times in those buildings, and there were."
The students of the district started the fall attending the districts new preK-12 school building in the fall. Vacating the Rosemount and Rubyville buildings.
"We're three full months into the school year and things are going great. A lot of the bugs have been worked out, there are still a few things that need to be tweaked and worked out, we are working on those everyday," Mantell said. "There are a handful of guys from our contractor, here working on those issues."
He said in the back of the new building there is a playground that's in the process of being installed. Mantell said once the landscaping around the building is complete it will add to the buildings look.
"Come next spring when everything starts growing and blooming, we will all see this building for what it really is," Mantell said.
For more information about the Clay Local School District visit, clay.k12.oh.us
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