The shuttered Graytown Elementary School building is finding a new life in the local education world.
Benton-Carroll-Salem Board of Education members Tuesday unanimously approved an $8,000 purchase agreement to sell the building to Northpoint Educational Service Center. The center, once known as a county educational service, is based in Sandusky and operates out of several regional sites, offering support services to 27 school districts, including gifted education programs, curriculum development, parent programming and media relations.
“Are we done with this?” board member Kim Dusseau asked.
Superintendent Guy Parmigian said the Northpoint board would meet Oct.7 to review the purchase agreement.
“This has been 14 or 15 months in the making,” Parmigian said. “They’re very excited to be out there.”
B-C-S administrators closed Graytown Elementary, along with Carroll Elementary and Rocky Ridge Elementary, over the last few years in a series of cost-cutting measures to keep the central Ottawa County school district operating in the black.
The financial upheaval came in the wake of a fiscal storm created by the recession, real estate foreclosures, state funding losses and less tax revenue from the Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Plant in Carroll Township.
The district sold Rocky Ridge Elementary more than a year ago at auction for $5,000. And the B-C-S school board recently made a deal to sell Carroll Elementary to the trustees of Carroll Township, which has a township hall and police station adjacent to the school property.
The closures forced district officials to operate with only one elementary school. As a result, administrators had to reconfigure the grade level structure at buildings and busing schedules.
Currently, students in grades kindergarten through third grade attend R.C. Waters Elementary on the east side of the village of Oak Harbor. Fourth through seventh grade attend Oak Harbor Middle School and the upperclassmen (grades 8 to 12) attend Oak Harbor High School.
Winter sports contracts approval
The board also OK’d supplemental contracts for the upcoming winter sports season. They included:
- Girls basketball – Tom Kontak, coach; Ralph Mills, junior varsity coach; Art Eli, volunteer assistant; Mark Boukissen, volunteer assistant; John Lucas, middle school girls basketball coach; Nichole Gradel, middle school girls basketball coach.
- Swimming and diving – Andrea Sorg, head coach; Jared Diekman, assistant coach; and Ryan Nuhfer, middle school swim coach.
- Wrestling – George Bergman, head coach; Bill Scherf, assistant coach; Aaron Bomer, junior varsity coach; Paul Bergman, volunteer assistant; Scott Zeitzheim, middle school wrestling coach; Chris DeTray, middle school wrestling coach; and Eric Parker, middle school wrestling coach.
- Boys basketball – Eric Sweet, head coach; Noah Neiderhouse, junior varsity coach; Chad Hanely, volunteer assistant coach; Tim Laderach, freshman coach; Denny Meyer, middle school basketball coach; Rick Brimmer, volunteer assistant coach and Eric Dusseau, middle school basketball coach.
- Volleyball – Amy Boss, volunteer middle school volleyball coach.
Board members also gave a nod to a supplemental contract for high school student council advisors. Ellen Tucker, Tiffany Gwinn and Tiffany Wojtowicz will share the duties for the 2013-14 school year.