Addresses for four of the five buildings on the district's campus between Idaho and Raccoon roads were officially changed at last week's school board meeting. The official addresses for the new intermediate building behind the present Watson Elementary will be 225 Lloyd Loop. The new elementary building address will be 245 Lynn Kirk Loop.
The bus garage and transportation office will now be located at 275 Davis Drive and AMS will be at 800 Frank Ohl Place. Fitch's address will remain the same.
The new addresses go along with the construction and rerouting of the roads that will run through the campus. Supervisor of Facilities and Operations for Austintown Schools, Mal Culp, said the new street names are in honor of the elementary schools.
Photo by J.T. Whitehouse, Town Crier
Mal Culp, supervisor of facilities and operations for Austintown School District holds one of the new street signs that were approved by the Board of Education at last week’s meeting. The signs represent the district’s elementary schools that will be closing once the two new buildings are up and running.
"It will serve as a memorial for the (elementary) schools we are taking down," he said.
The first street sign, for Lloyd Loop, is already in and has a temporary sign placed at Idaho Road. It will enter the campus from Idaho and proceed east to the intersection behind the construction zone where the former Falcon Drive joins. At that intersection, a second street will curve back around to the south and end up on Idaho. That one will be known as Lynn Kirk Loop and Falcon Drive will be renamed Davis Drive.
The district purchased a home on Woodhurst, to the south of the campus, where a new entrance will be built. The home has been torn down and the new entrance will be named Watson Way.
"That will be for bus traffic only," Culp said.
The parking lot between the two new buildings will have its own street named Woodside Way, which will run from Idaho Road to the on-campus intersection with Davis Drive. The final renamed street will be the one from the former Falcon Drive to Raccoon Road, which accesses AMS. That street will become Frank Ohl Place.
"We have already met with the police and fire department regarding the changes," Culp said.
He said both departments will be training their forces for an on-campus response.
The new signage has arrived and will be placed as the streets are completed. Culp said it will be part of the construction which is going along on schedule.
"Right now we are within the schedule," he said. "We had built in rain days, but we haven't had to use many of them because we haven't had the rains we normally have."
He said all the underground utilities are in and ready to go and a sprinkler system, similar to those used on golf courses has been installed and is operating to keep construction dust down for residents along Burkey Road.
Culp also said all the first floor concrete floors have been poured and work is proceeding at putting the roof decking in.
"We've had no issues and no arguing between contractors," he said. "Things are going very well."