Wauseon schools will build, not buy

Staff report

The Wauseon school district still plans to move its board office from Fulton Street but has changed its mind about relocating to an existing building.

Wauseon Exempted Village Schools released a statement Monday saying it has reconsidered its decision to purchase existing retail space and remodel it after finding most available office space in the city is for lease, not sale. The school district recently announced it is leaving its current location at 126 N. Fulton St. because the lease is expiring and it chooses to not continue renting.

Instead, “we will begin the planning process to build a modest board office space,” the statement said. The school board plans to utilize proceeds from the future sale of its Burr Road property and permanent improvement funds for the future project. This was the original financial plan for the purchase/remodel option that will not proceed to closing.

The lease at the present location expires March 31, so offices will temporarily relocate to two rooms in the Wauseon Elementary/Middle School building during the last two weeks of March. The relocation solution will provide space for the school district’s connectivity needs to maintain fiscal and board office functions with minimum changes in student instructional areas.

Superintendent Larry Brown declined further comment.

The statement said following the move the district will start to answer questions related to a functional board office space.

The regular and noon Wauseon Board of Education meetings on March 13 and March 23 will be conducted in the current board office. The regular board meeting on April 10 will be moved to the WES/WMS conference room.

Staff report