Superintendent Doug Jacobs stated about the school construction as the school year prepares to commence, “We are still in a construction mode and we appreciate the patience of the community. There will be many challenges this year as we continue to provide a safe environment.”
The two new schools are on schedule for completion and occupancy in August 2019. The current cinderblock structures will be faced with brick and veneer on the outside and covered on the inside. Both structures will be roofed before winter.
Some good news, both schools are coming in with less cost than anticipated which allows the School Board to consider items which were initially trimmed. Including the possibility of air conditioning. Jon Cox of Hogan Construction explained at Mountain Green Middle School the storm drain connections were complete and all utilities were 95% complete. On Thursday of this week the first curb and gutter was graded. The grass on the playing fields will be planted this fall so it will grow through the spring and have some length before next fall when students return for the 2019 school year.
Cox said, “At the high school there are many questions about the exposed brick. I’ll explain again, the architect allows the brick mason to use the same brick that has the same texture even if it is a different color. It saves the district money.” Cox assured the School Board the brick will be painted so it is one color once the school is finished, and the high school is currently 2 weeks ahead of schedule.
In other construction, the repurposing of the current MMS annex into a district office and technology center is nearly complete. Two classrooms in the building will continue to be used for teaching and instruction this year. Jacobs said, “The current district office will be used for a half-day kindergarten and then moved or demolished at the end of the school year to make way for additional parking and student drop off at Morgan Elementary.”
Portable classroom near the district office were also relocated this summer to create more parking for students at the high school. The portable building serving as the current technology center will be relocated when the equipment is moved to the new center. Jacob finished saying, “We hope to open the new offices and board room by August 23rd.” Just in time for the new year to begin.