GES breaks ground on project for new addition
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.