Filed under: — tkm January 18, 2007 @ 0:0 am


This is copied from an email memo I received from Paula S. Duncan, Executive Assistant/EMIS Coordinator Portsmouth City School District:


As directed by Supt. Jan Broughton, I am notifying you that the site auctions have been scheduled as follows:

McKinley on Thursday, July 19, at 12:30 p.m.
Wilson on Thursday, July 19, at 1:30 p.m.
Roosevelt on Thursday, July 19, at 2:30 p.m.

(emphasis added)

The auctions will take place in the 2nd floor conference room in our Administrative Office at 923 Findlay Street.

posted by tkm 6-10-07

School board selects Tanner Stone
Local firm chosen as first choice to build new $10 million athletic complex
By FRANK LEWIS, PDT Staff Writer
Thursday, January 25, 2007 10:59 PM EST

The Portsmouth firm of Tanner Stone & Company has been selected by the Portsmouth City School Board as their first pick to build the new $10 million athletic complex, after a vote at Thursday’s meeting.

The board must attempt to negotiate with Tanner Stone, and if they are unable to do so, move to the second selection, Fanning/Howey Associates Inc., and so on down the line until, satisfactory agreement is reached with a qualified term. The remaining firms in contention are MSA, Michael Schuster Associates, McDonald, Cassell & Barrett Inc., and GBBN Architects Inc., respectively.

Superintendent Jan Broughton talked about what impressed her most about Tanner Stone.

They’re local, some of the designers’ children attend our schools, they had creative ideas, Broughton said.

Tanner Stone worked with Fanning/Howey to build the new schools.

Broughton said the board will follow the same process as they did for the site acquisition of the new schools built last year.

At Thursday’s meeting, the board also selected Johnson and Oliver, a legal professional association, to provide representation to the school district in the athletic complex process. The resolution set as the cost of legal services, $90 per hour for paralegals and $250 per hour for a senior partner.

Broughton was quick to say any work on the project performed by attorney Clay Johnson would be unpaid work.

Broughton read from a letter from the firm: Clayton Johnson, who is no longer a principle in our firm, serves as an unpaid consultant to the city schools. And consequently our engagement will not include a charge for Mr. Johnson’s time or advice.

She said Johnson had not been paid for any work the entire time the process has been going on.

Broughton said Johnson and Oliver will conduct a search for names of the homeowners in the proposed area.

The next step would be appraisal of all the property by Robert E. Gambill Appraisals, once the owners have been identified.

We have a letter we send out to all the homeowners, once we find out who all the homeowners are, she said. That letter basically describes who the appraiser’s going to be. And it tells them in that letter, within two to three weeks typically, someone from the school will be contacting them after the appraisal has been done.

Broughton said each homeowner would meet with Treasurer Paula Butler, Facilities Director Ralph Applegate and Steve Oliver, of Johnson and Oliver.

We don’t negotiate, we offer fair prices, Broughton said.

The proposed athletic complex will house such facilities as a football field, baseball field, tennis courts, outdoor basketball courts, a track and a fieldhouse, with other facilities possible after a final design is settled on.

We’ll look at it and pick suggestions that all of the architects presented, and try to come up with the best rendition for the site, said Applegate. Each one of them had good points.

All five firms made physical presentations at the administrative building on Monday, and the board members and school officials present voted in the order that they liked the presentations, to come up with the order of preference presented to the entire board on Thursday.

In the meeting agenda, the resolution said there are approximately 94 parcels in the selected site, which includes property where the former Portsmouth High School was located, back to Findlay and Ninth street, and the cost for appraisal services was set at $15,000.

In other action, the board passed an amendment that changes the rate of pay the board pays The Counseling Center to a fee not to exceed $18,000.

Broughton presented certificates as well as day and night photos of the new high school and junior high school to the board as part of School Board Recognition Month.

School board members are ordinary people who have an extraordinary dedication to our public schools, Broughton said. It is time we thank them for their untiring efforts. Too often we forget about the personal sacrifices school board members routinely make.

FRANK LEWIS can be reached at (740) 353-3101, ext. 232.

The selection of Tanner Stone, Architects and Johnson and Oliver, Law Firm comes as no surprise for the selections associated with the Portsmouth City Schools Athletic Complex.

The two businesses mentioned above?were both involved with the Marting Sham, forced on the taxpayers of Portsmouth, Ohio, back in the 2001 – 2002 timeframe.

The other part of this equation is Hatcher.  Hatcher, in my estimation, owns more than 90% of the property needed for the Portsmouth City School Athletic Complex.  So, for Broughton to state, we offer fair prices, I would have to ask fair prices for whom?  After all the Clark Foundation donated the monies to the Schools and the Foundation is represented by Johnson and Oliver.  Guess who loses again and I guarantee it won’t be Hatcher or Johnson?

new 1-26-07

CLICK:? 1-8-07 Billed to Portsmouth City Schools from Attorney Johnson and Oliver Law Firm; years 2002,2003,2004,2005,2006.

new 1-17-07

Lease Agreement between Neal and Vicky Hatcher with The Board of Education of the City of Portsmouth, Ohio.

CLICK: 6-29-06 Lease Agreement

The Portsmouth City School Board rents a building from the Hatchers for the Portsmouth City Schools Administrative Offices.

Why would the Administrative Offices need a location away from the new schools, which these new schools are costing the Portsmouth, Ohio property owners plenty each year in their property taxes.  This building lease is also costing the property owners of Portsmouth, Ohio $4,000 a month ($48,000 a year), plus extras (see lease agreement above).  I am sure the Administrative Offices could find a home at the new schools.

The rumor has it?the Schools will be approaching the property owners of Portsmouth, Ohio, in the near future, for a tax increase for operating costs.  Why would anyone approve a tax increase when, from all indications, the appearance is the City Schools do not know how to manage finances?

Just another way the property owners in Portsmouth, Ohio are being ripped off.

A true sweetheart deal, and guess who the players are again?

Page 1)

Lessor – Neal Hatcher and Vicky Hatcher
Lessee – The Board of Education of the City of Portsmouth, Ohio

Page 2)

Item 3 – Rent. Less agrees and covenants to pay to Lessor, their heirs or assigns, rent, payable in advance, in equal monthly installments of $4,000.00 on the first day of each and every calendar month during the term of Lessee’s occupancy of the Premises.

Item 4 – Use of the Premises. Lessee may use the Premises for any lawful purpose and shall have the right to make such improvements, additions or alterations to the Premises as it desires upon written approval of the Lessor.

Item 6 – Maintenance and Repairs. Lessor shall be responsible for all major repairs to the exterior of the building. Lessee shall be responsible for minor maintenance and repairs to the exterior of the building and for all interior maintenance and for all HVAC system maintenance and repair. As used herein, a repair costing more than $250.00 shall be deemed major, and a repair costing less than $250.00 shall be deemed minor.

Page 3)

Item 8 –Insurance. Lessee agrees that it will, at its sole cost and expense, obtain and keep in force and effect, in the names of Lessor and Lessee, general liability insurance against any and all claims for personal injury and property damage occurring in or upon the Premises during the term of this Lease, or any renewal in an amount not less than $1,000,000.00. Lessee further agrees that it will, at its sole cost and expense, obtain and keep, in force and effect, fire legal liability insurance protecting the building on the Premises from loss or damage within the coverage of such insurance policy for a sum not less than $500,000.00. Lessee will furnish to Lessor reasonable evidence of its compliance with the provisions of this Paragraph, such as certificates of insurance. All risk of loss for contents, personal property and leasehold improvements shall be and remain with Lessee.

Page 5)

Item 15 – Utilities. Lessee will pay when due all charges for gas, water, electricity, trash removal and any other utility service used on the Premises by or for Lessee.

Page 6)

The above linked copy of the Contract, which was obtained from the City Schools, does not contain signatures of the Board Representatives. The only signatures on the contract are those of the Hatchers.

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