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Rental may ease storage problems

| Monday, Feb. 10, 2003

The Avonworth School District is considering a temporary fix for its chronic storage problem.

Board members are expected to vote tonight on whether to sign a one-year lease to rent some 900 square feet of storage space at the Emsworth Commons building, located off Ohio River Boulevard. The board will meet at 7:30 p.m. in the administration building, 258 Joseph's Lane.

District Superintendent James DeTrude recommended in a letter to board members that the district rent the space from Stroyne Family Limited Partnership Inc. for $300 per month. The one-year lease would have a 30-day cancellation period, which can be used by either the school district or Stroyne.

The space is heated, which is important for many of the items that need storage in the district, said Brad Waters, Avonworth's business manager.

"This is a good temporary solution to some of the district's storage problems," Waters said.

DeTrude said in his letter that the cost of the Emsworth space is a good deal. Another nearby storage facility charges $235 per month for a space that is half the size, he said.

The district now stores materials for its summer reading program on a stage at the elementary school. In recent months, the district has acquired donated computers and computer equipment, which are being stored in a number of odd places, including the visitors locker room at the district's football field.

Materials such as books and computers must be stored in heated spaces.

During the past year, the school board has considered several ways to resolve the shortage of storage space and went as far as taking bids for a building. However, the school board balked when the lowest bid for such a building was $385,000.

"That was just too much for people on the board at the time," said board member Betsy Radcliffe.

Radcliffe and board member Lynn McGrath said they support the temporary storage plan in lieu of another capital project.

Overall, the cost of capital work now under consideration in the district is about $2 million.

This year, the district has about $1.2 million to spend on such improvements, Waters said.

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