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RICHMOND — More improvements are coming to Edison High School as school board members addressed a series of projects Thursday.

The board approved Peddicord and Son of Wheeling’s offer of $123,600 to paint the high school, which will renovate 55,000 square feet of exterior building plus annex. Superintendent Bill Beattie said the contractor hopes to have the job done by the start of the next school term.

“They hope to start prep work in the spring and paint over the summer,” said Superintendent Bill Beattie. “It should be ready at the beginning of August.”

Leaders also approved a $25,000 bid from Buckeye Mechanical Contracting of East Liverpool to complete the brickwork on the agriculture building, and hope to have it ready soon.

“The farm building is part of the greenhouse project and we are doing some updates to the façade on the rest of one side to match the brick and aluminum on the farmhouse,” Beattie explained. “We hope to have it ready by the end of the year, but we still need to add the greenhouse.”

Beattie announced the completion of the outdoor trail on campus; however, it will not be open to the public until spring. Fairfield Landscape of Canonsburg, Pennsylvania completed the $532,000 project with Burgettstown, Pennsylvania-based JTSA Sports, which performs architectural and engineering services. Stretching 8 feet wide, the 1.5-mile Forest Trail meanders from campus to nearby woods, but it also reverses and hikes can span a total of 3.1 miles. Beattie noted that the trail could be used for more than health; other ideas are to use the area for science classes and other forms of outdoor education. Federal elementary and secondary school emergency relief funds were used to cover the cost.

“We are waiting for benches and trail adjustment stations to be installed,” Beattie added.

On a similar note, the board approved Carrie Rudy and Sarah Koehnlein as part-time supervisors of the new gym. The site, which is located on the second floor of the field house, is open to the public on weekdays from 6 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. when school is in session, but remains closed when the district has two-hour delays. and cancellations. Beattie said the center has seen some use since it opened with an average of five to seven patrons per day.

In another action, the board:

— Outstanding district educators Miguel Brun, Kathy Ramsey and Jordan Tice, each of whom received $660 Best Practice Grants from the Jefferson County Education Service Center for their projects. JCESC Intervention Specialist Patty Ferrell made the presentation, saying the trio came up with innovative ideas for student learning;

— Heard a presentation by Mike Paris, representative of Coral Reef Partners of Pennsylvania, who provided an overview of the solar energy company and the benefits of solar panels in cost and energy usage. No action was taken upon completion.

— Approved a $5,000 grant from the Tulsa Community Foundation to upgrade the district’s entire fleet of approximately 20 buses. Assistant Superintendent Julie Kireta introduced the grant, and officials said it would improve communication coverage.

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