Troy BOE discusses improvements

Panic systems, stadium railings to be installed

By Cody Willoughby -

TROY — Summer renovations for the Troy City School district were confirmed during the board of education’s monthly meeting on Monday at the Alumni Room.

Treasurer Jeff Price updated the board on the permanent improvement renovation projects set to begin over the summer. These projects include chimney repair at the board office and Forest Elementary, a full roof replacement at Forest Elementary, window repair and replacement at Concord Elementary, asphalt repaving in the parking lots of the board office and Heywood Elementary, and crack filling and patching at all of the district’s major parking lots.

“The winter hit our blacktop hard throughout the district,” Price confirmed. “I thought we were in pretty good shape, but the last two or three freeze-and-thaw cycles hit us hard.”

Price also confirmed plans for compressor replacement within the boiler systems at multiple buildings. Compressor replacements last took place in 2004, and Price confirmed that “rather than waiting, we’re going to replace them before they fail.”

Price also confirmed that panic devices would be replaced in the gymnasiums at all buildings, for the sake of convenience and safety.

“We’re having a hard time finding replacement parts for those systems, so we’re going to replace them with a system that is newer, and will also be safer and lockable,” Price confirmed. “Many of the current systems are not lockable.”

Price went on to discuss an initiative now in place to construct a railing system in the bleachers of Troy Memorial Stadium. No railing system currently exists on either the home or away bleachers at the stadium.

“We’ve found a company that has made us a proposal,” Price said. “We feel it’s a good solution, and we’re going to start that initiative in the center section of the home side this summer.”

Aluminum railings will be installed in the center aisles with spaces every few steps, in accordance with statutes set forth by the health and fire departments.

Estimates for these projects were not made known.

The permanent improvement levy will be back on the ballot for renewal in November. Superintendent Eric Herman confirmed the levy had been re-approved “five or six times” since his tenure within the district.

In other news:

  • The board approved the awarding of 318 diplomas to be issued to students who will be graduated from Troy High School on Saturday, May 26, provided that each student satisfies all graduation requirements and financial obligations due to the district.
  • The board authorized the student fee schedule and the joining of the Ohio High School Athletic Association for the 2018-2019 school year. The board also approved the federal lunch program for free and reduced-price lunches and breakfasts. Herman confirmed that “prices won’t change” in the 2018-2019 school year.
  • The board approved the Miami County Educational Service Center Resolution, as well as changes to the business curriculum in various courses offered to students grades 9-12.
  • Students from Troy High School addressed the board during the second hearing of the public to request reconsideration to offer American Sign Language (ASL) IV to students at Troy High School during the 2018-2019 school year. It was confirmed that 11 of the 16 students in ASL III had signed up to continue, and that all 11 expressed interest in continuing their ASL education at the collegiate level. The board confirmed that discussions on the matter would take place in the coming weeks.
Panic systems, stadium railings to be installed

By Cody Willoughby