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The Jamestown School Board has awarded $9.3 million in contracts for the next phase of renovation work in the district.

Superintendent Raymond Fashano said the work will focus on Love Elementary and Persell Middle schools.

During a Tuesday meeting of the board, Fashano said $4.9 million of this will target the renovation of Love School.

Work at Love includes a nine-room addition, new cafeteria and a new library.

But to accommodate the new library, school officials may have to move kindergarten classes to St. James School, which is one of three city schools currently housing Lincoln Elementary School pupils while that school is being renovated.

District officials plan to meet with parents of Love pupils to map out transition plans.

Fashano said a big part of the $3.9 million Persell project is a new auditorium.

The superintendent noted the project bids came in $500,000 under budget, freeing up money for new seats in the Lincoln School auditorium. Summit Construction is general contractor for both projects.

In another matter, the Board learned the district's "School-to-Work" program that prepares students for the workplace is becoming more popular. Program specialist Richard Kimball said the program has grown from nine students two years ago to 32 this year.

"We prepare the student for job readiness skills, teaching them appropriate work behaviors and values, (and) try to give them job skills that they'll need to take them into the work force upon graduation," Kimball said.

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