Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Construction Update - January 13, 2016

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Even though we are now in the heart of winter, the construction on the new elementary school continues to make positive progress. It is now possible to see the entire outline of the new building, so you can truly get a visual image of what the new elementary school will look like once it is completed. I try to put updated pictures of the construction on our district website each week, so I hope that you have been following the visual progress of the building.

During the past month, a great deal of progress has been made on the building. The steel structure is almost complete. This portion of the project was not finished as soon as originally expected because of some issues with the steel erectors. This issue has since been resolved and though that portion of the project is about two weeks behind schedule, we are confident that the elementary school will still be completed on time for the 2016-2017 school year. The roof sections of the building are now being installed and all of the roof sections should be completed by either the last week in January or the first week in February barring any significant weather hazards. As you look at the photos, you will notice that many areas are covered with plastic. This plastic cover allows heat to be pumped into the area, so that the temperature is warm enough for the pouring of our concrete floors. The wall sections are also going up around the exterior of the building,

As you go into the interior of the building, the infrastructure of the building is being assembled. Pipes, heating/cooling ducts and mechanical lines are being hung on the inside of the building. Once the building is completed many of these items will be invisible to the building’s occupants. This portion of the project will continue for the next several months because lines have to run for the plumbing, HVAC, telephones, computers and a host of other items that are necessary for the running and operation of the building.

As the construction of the building is going on, many other decisions are being made by the School Board and staff committees. One of the latest decisions that has been approved by the School Board is the bid for new playground equipment. Staff members have been reviewing different types of playground equipment for the past six months. They have been meeting with different vendors, examining different playground designs and evaluating the many different types of playground equipment that are available. The Playground Equipment Committee brought a recommendation to the School Board this past Monday. The School Board approved their recommendation and now I am in the process of ordering the equipment and working with the building contractor and vendor to determine an appropriate installation time. Prior to this decision, the School Board has approved bid packages for a building security system and for the equipment for our new fitness center. We have not yet completed our bid documents for the school’s new furniture and building technology. However, the committees assigned to these areas are making substantial progress and should be ready to bring recommendations to the School Board by either the end of January or the beginning of February.

Elementary staff members have started sorting through and packing up materials to bring to the new school. Moving from one building to another is very similar to moving from one house to another – as you are packing you try to determine what materials are valuable and should be brought to the new location and which materials have not been used for quite some time and could probably be eliminated. Our elementary staff have been assigned the task of going through our various storerooms and determining which materials need to go to the new building and which can be either sold or brought to the garbage container. 

On another front the district has been working with the Village to relocate crosswalks and reduce the speed limit on Theatre Road. The Village has discussed this issue at some of its past meetings and is now in the process of doing a traffic study for Theatre Road. The School District has asked the Village to consider reducing the speed limit on Theatre Road from 35 mph to 25 mph because this area will now be the major entrance to our new elementary school. These meetings are all open to the public and you are welcome to attend and let both School Board and Village Board members know how you feel about this issue.

Tuesday, September 6 will be the first day of school for students in the 2016-2017 school year. So, we have between now and then to get everything completed. I am confident that everything will be completed and that you will be proud of the new elementary school. As always thank you for your support and trust, it will never be taken lightly.

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