HICKSVILLE — With the recent passage of a tax levy resulting in a new facility on school property, the Hicksville Exempted Village Board of Education met on Monday to pick an architect firm for the building.

The 5-mill, 0.75% income tax approved by voters last month will run for five years. The money will be used to place a new building on school grounds measuring around 40,000 square feet; it will be connected to the main building. The new facility will contain new schoolrooms, practice courts, a walking track, a wrestling practice area, a larger weight room, a small concession area and appropriate safety features.

The money also is being used to construct a path from the school to Ohio 18, providing an alternate driving path to get to school in hopes of alleviating traffic congestion problems at the beginning and end of the day.

The board approved Fanning Howey of Celina to design and provide construction administration services for the project. Board members Jennifer Caryer, Craig Eiden and Minda Jones approved the motion. Stephanie Mazur and Jared Wonderly voted against it, preferring to use another firm.

Fanning Howey constructed Hicksville’s current school building.

The board also approved one-year contracts to Carrie Bussing and Amanda Willitzer as respective third- and first-grade teachers for the 2019-20 school year.

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