An agreement to lease the top floor of the Webster Elementary School building to Acadia Careers, which operates a nurse training program, will be on the agenda of the Dec. 17 meeting of the Eastwood school board.
The Eastwood administration is recommending the board approve the lease, according to Brent Welker, superintendent.
He said Acadia has been operating one-year and two-year programs in Findlay for licensed practical nurses and registered nurses respectively and has been looking for a site to serve students in Michigan and Northwest Ohio as early as February, 2013.
Leasing the floor will result in changes the board and administration had for other facilities.
“We will have to invest some money and time to get the building back in shape for students,” Welker said. “We anticipate the total overhead in year one to cost between $45,000 and $50,000. In the long term we expect operating expenses to be between $35,000 and $40,000 per year above what we are currently spending.”
The Acadia lease will be $18,000 per year but Welker said the district will be moving Wood County pre-school classes back into the bottom floor of the Webster building and dropping plans to renovate the bus garage in Pemberville to accommodate all-day kindergarten classes.
The administration had estimated it would take about $250,000 in renovations to get the garage prepared for kindergarten classes.
The Webster building, which had been closed, will also be suitable for use by the community now that it will again be heated and in use for classes, Welker said.
“We are very pleased to find a positive use for the Webster space,” he said. “We have been very concerned about what we do with a building that sits in a very rural setting.” The building is in Webster Township.
Jeff Hill, principal of Eastwood High School, has announced that he is retiring, effective June 30.
Welker said the administration will ask the board to rehire Hill as assistant principal/athletic director and promote assistant principal Chris Fahim to principal.
He said Hill asked for the job switch due to recent changes in the state pension plan for school employees.
The move will result in a net savings to the district, Welker said.