York playground equipment to move to BES
may be sold
By SALLY BOYD
Gazette Neighbors Editor
Now that the former York Elementary School buildings have been torn down, passers-by have been curious about what is going to happen to the property and to the relatively new playground equipment which remains.
Bellevue School District Superintendent Kim Schubert, answered several “what now?” questions.
She said that pending the arrival of warmer weather, the playground equipment, purchased a few short years ago by the former York PTO with funds raised for that purpose, will be moved to the new Bellevue Elementary School.
It will be added to the new playground items already in place and in heavy use.
“It will be moved in the spring or summer of this year,” Schubert said.
As for the property on which the former school buildings sat, Schubert anticipates it will be sold.
“The board hasn’t made a final decision regarding the land yet, but I would say there is a high probability that it will be sold at auction,” said Schubert.
“I don’t know the timeline for that yet.”
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The superintendent also addressed questions about parking at both the new elementary and middle schools, the latter often congested when there is an after-school or weekend event being held.
“We put in the maximum number of parking spaces (at both schools) that were allowed by the Ohio School Facilities Commission (OSFC) building manual and code,” she said.
“We have to have green space available on the property in order for water to properly drain.
“The reason the OSFC does not allow more parking spaces is strictly because of drainage purposes,” Schubert added.
“There is a well thought out, complex formula that the engineers of the project used to determine how much blacktop we could have on the property, in addition to the building, and still have proper drainage on the site.
“We had to make sure that 100 percent of all storm water is retained on our property to avoid flooding into the neighbors yards.
“The only parking issue I am aware of is at the middle school during band/choir events,” she noted.
“The elementary school has split their music programs, and there hasn’t been an issue with seating or parking. People have to remember that they can park in the back of the elementary school for special events.
“The last production I attended (at the elementary) there were ample parking spaces available in the back,” she also pointed out.
Schubert added there are other parking options for BMS.
“The First United Methodist Church (on Northwest Street) has agreed to allow overflow parking at the church for events at the middle school.
“The middle school is also looking at different options such as splitting their band/choir concerts by grade level to help with parking.
Another option is to park at Pamida (on Castalia Street) and walk to the middle school,” she concluded, adding that doors on both sides of both buildings are open for after-hours’ school events.