Streetsboro -- The School Board's plan for Wait Primary School is to close it in the event the school facilities bond issue passes at the ballot this fall.
Under the district's school facilities plan, students now attending Wait would move into an expanded and renovated Campus Elementary School.
Superintendent Michael Daulbaugh said there are several options for Wait Primary School in the event its students move to Campus Elementary School.
"We could keep it and use it for a non-educational use, but we'd first have to abate all the asbestos in it," he said.
The district also could abate the asbestos in the facility and sell it, probably for a commercial use, but he said abating asbestos is potentially a "huge cost."
The third option he said he sees is to demolish Wait Primary School and sell the property, which he said "could be a pretty valuable piece of real estate."
The 11.47-acre property is valued at nearly $250,000, according to online Portage County property records.
The bond issue which would help pay for the renovation and expansion of Campus Elementary School includes 4.56 mills to buy bonds for new school construction and renovation and a half mill for the "acquisition, construction, enlargement, renovation, and financing of general permanent improvements to the buildings," according to a resolution passed earlier this summer by the School Board.
When the existing facilities at Campus and the other schools are renovated, Superintendent Michael Daulbaugh said they will feel different.
"They're going to all get new heating and cooling systems; they're going to bring electric up to code; they're going to be green buildings," he said. "The [state] standard is, they renovate to 'like new,'" he said.
School Board member Kevin Grimm said there are security improvements that could be made at Campus over the current system at Wait.
"I think there are some security conditions that need to be looked at," he said. "Not every door in [Wait] has a key card. Swipe card access needs to be better."
Grimm also said security on the exterior of the building could be better. There's no drive behind the building enabling police to patrol the entire building, he said.
"The plan for this building the way it is would not pass," he said, explaining the district hasn't added a drive behind the building because plans are to close it.
Grimm also said the public announcement system could be updated as part of the plan. He said there may be systems available that enable teachers to broadcast over the PA via their classroom phones, which could improve communications if an intruder has entered the building.
At all the schools, he said, electric wiring should be updated for the 21st century. There shouldn't be exposed wires running around the room, which have become necessary to power computers and other teaching tools that have come into being since Wait was opened in 1961.
It also doesn't make sense, he said, to have heating vents in the ceilings, since heat rises.
Daulbaugh said infrastructure improvements will be made at all the buildings, except Henry Defer Intermediate School, which was built in 2002.
"Everybody talks about teaching our students 21st century skills, but our buildings lack the infrastructure to house the technology," he said.
For example, since many ceiling tiles are asbestos, the district can't just drill a hole in the ceiling to install overhead projection systems, he said.
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