By Heather Canan
For the Daily Call
BRADFORD — The Bradford School Board held its monthly meeting recently. All board members, including Dr. Scott Swabb, Maria Brewer, John Lavey, Nathan Paulus and Jay Roberts were in attendance as well as the new superintendent John Stekli and treasurer Dawnna Cron.
First to speak was Dusty Yingst and Jim Wysong for an upcoming Athletic Booster project. They presented a blueprint for a new concession stand in-between the softball and baseball fields. The building would contain a concession area, restrooms, a storage room, and a roofed patio area. Wysong stated that half of the money has be raised. The Athletic Boosters are still looking for donations and hope to have everything completed by local people and businesses. He emphasized this is a community project, Little League to high school games are held there. They hope to have as many local groups and businesses take part in the project to keep costs down. Anyone able to help build, dig, work concrete, and use a hammer is encouraged to contact the Athletic Boosters. Lavey thanked Yingst, Wysong and other Athletic Boosters for all their hard work.
Larry Thompson updated the board on facility outlooks and projected financing. Thompson had a Trane account manager help identify risk and minimizing risk to the school’s chiller. He explained what would be best to keep the current chiller for the school in working condition and how they can get the most from it. The school building will be 13 years old in January. The chiller has a life span of 10-15 years. He said they have gotten 25 years out of a chiller as long as it was maintained properly.
Thompson would like to make adjustments to the heating boiler, potholes, the cracked ceiling and the sewage extension from Grandview Drive. He received a bid on what it would cost to run 190 feet of lines for $18,000. Stekli said he has talked with Thompson and Village Administrator Rick Looker about the current situation of raw sewage running through school property from Grandview Drive. Stekli talked to Joe Miller from the EPA and Jeff Marshall of the Darke County Health Department. Stekli was informed that things are in motion to approve the annexation and signatures were collected. If things go well the annexation could take place as soon as 90 days. The board asked Stekli to keep in close contact with the situation.
Before the meeting went into executive session, Jay Roberts asked what was the plan for the property where the old high school building sat. Swabb said that the land went up for auction but the only bid they received was not near what it was worth. He said the land is still for sale but wants to make sure what legally needs to be done and to find out what the current worth of the land is. The school currently uses the building on the land and would have to figure out what they would do with the stuff currently housed there and/or if they would need to build a new building.