An estimated $2.9 million, 16,150-square-foot addition at Millcreek-West Unity Local Schools moved forward during Monday’s school board meeting.

The board approved hiring Defiance-based Beilharz Architects Inc. to design, facilitate and manage the project.

“The proposed addition is due to a lack of classroom space for choir, tutoring, mentoring, etc., a lack of locker room space (the district has only two locker rooms for the entire K-12 facility), a lack of practice facilities, and the need for a competition gym,” Superintendent Jim Wyse said in comments emailed to The Bryan Times.

Wyse noted that the high school gym is the district’s only true competition gym since its second gym is mainly a practice facility due to a lack of spectator seating.

“This past year it became apparent in trying to provide social distancing and sanitary locker rooms for our students, athletes and visiting teams how our current facilities hampered efforts to provide these necessities,” Wyse said.

The board plans to use grant money, leftover building funds, as well as money from the general fund to finance the addition.

In other action Monday, the board:

• Approved the employment of Cameron Thompson, computer technology; Karen Kuney, elementary secretary/EMIS; and Savanah Westfall, temporary summer employee.

• Approved supplemental contracts for the 2021-22 school year for Connor English, varsity golf, and Cameron Thompson, athletic trainer.

• Approved Brayden Gorsuch as a volunteer high school football assistant coach and David Chester as a volunteer golf coach.

• Rescinded the supplemental contract for junior high golf issued to Issac VanArsdalen, which had not been signed.

• Approved the sale of a 2002 Chevrolet express van and a 2007 Chevrolet express box truck.

• Approved purchase orders with Toledo Edison, Entrust LLC, Perry Pro and Gordon Foods.

• Approved an agreement with the Lockout Company for safety equipment.

• Approved student-parent handbooks.

• Approved an overnight stay for the volleyball team, Aug. 11-12.

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