GES breaks ground on project for new ad­di­tion

Record Observer - - School - By HAN­NAH COMBS hcombs@ches­pub.com

GRA­SONVILLE — A ground­break­ing cer­e­mony was held June 2 at Gra­sonville El­e­men­tary in an­tic­i­pa­tion of con­struc­tion begin­ning on the new ad­di­tion. Con­trac­tors were given no­tice to pro­ceed on the con­struc­tion of six class­rooms on June 16.

Ac­cord­ing to Carla Viar Pullen, fa­cil­i­ties plan­ner for the project, the play­ground will need to be re­lo­cated be­hind the new ad­di­tion. This por­tion of the project was slated to be­gin im­me­di­ately. How­ever, if the play­ground is not op­er­a­tional by the start of the school year, pro­vi­sions are be­ing made to tem­po­rar­ily use other ar­eas of the school prop­erty or share space with Shore Up/ Head Start, said Pullen.

The kitchen ad­di­tion is also slated to be­gin at the begin­ning part of the con­struc­tion. Work to ex­ist­ing mu­sic class­rooms is ex­pected to hap­pen early in the fall and fire alarm up­grades will also be in­cluded un­der the project. Sub­stan­tial com­ple­tion of the over­all con­struc­tion is an­tic­i­pated by Au­gust 2018.

With the as­sis­tance of the fa­cil­i­ties plan­ner, QACPS is en­sur­ing that back­ground checks for all con­trac­tor per­son­nel are com­pleted and con­trac­tors will not work in the ex­ist­ing build­ing dur­ing school hours. Pullen also ad­dressed the con­cern for noise caused by the con­struc­tion process. Noise will be con­trolled and min­i­mized as much as pos­si­ble and the con­trac­tor will be re­quired to pro­vide ad­vance no­tice of un­usu­ally loud ac­tiv­i­ties.

County Com­mis­sion­ers Jack Wilson and Jim Mo­ran, along with In­terim Su­per­in­ten­dent Gre­gory Pilewski, Gra­sonville El­e­men­tary prin­ci­pal Carol Kamp, board mem­bers Capt. Bev­erly Kelly and Sharon Har­low and Del. Steve Arentz with the as­sis­tance of GES stu­dents break ground on the new ad­di­tion, June 2.

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