School boards have busy 2019 con­struc­tion sched­ule

Both city and county schools have se­ri­ous projects to fin­ish up or get un­der­way this year

Rome News-Tribune - - FRONT PAGE - By John Popham [email protected]

Last week the Rome City and Floyd County School boards held their first meet­ings, each giv­ing up­dates on re­spec­tive 2019 con­struc­tion projects.

Floyd County Schools met Mon­day night where David Van Hook, direc­tor of fa­cil­i­ties, gave up­dates on the progress of Ar­muchee High School mod­ern­iza­tion.

Ground for the school’s new gym broke in Oc­to­ber and crews have been strug­gling to lay the build­ing’s foun­da­tion due to ex­ces­sive rain, ac­cord­ing to Van Hook.

“You can only imag­ine what we are deal­ing with there,” Van Hook said.

Project up­dates can be found on­line at cd­c­car­mucheehs.com. So far the only ma­jor up­dates to the site have been grad­ing, in­stalling storm pipes and the be­gin­ning stages of lay­ing the foun­da­tion.

The site for the new Pep­perell Mid­dle School has been ap­proved by the state with­out com­ment, ac­cord­ing to Van Hook. South­ern A&E has cre­ated a floor plan for the new build­ing which en­com­passes all the class­rooms and pro­gram needs. The project is on sched­ule for a July de­mo­li­tion and frame­work for the new school is sched­uled to go up no ear­lier than Septem­ber.

Su­per­in­ten­dent Jeff Wil­son said the board may have a called board meet­ing on Sept. 1, or as soon as the Geor­gia Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion ap­proves the con­tract for the school. Dur­ing the called meet­ing the board will have to ap­prove the con­tract with the state in or­der to con­tinue con­struc­tion.

Rome City Schools met Tues­day night where Su­per­in­ten­dent Lou Byars pre­sented the sys­tem’s ELOST col­lec­tions to date, and gave an up­date on on­go­ing projects.

“If you have driven out by Main (El­e­men­tary) over to­wards the fair­grounds you can see that it is com­ing along real well,” Byars said.

Byars said the crew is look­ing to fin­ish putting con­crete blocks in and com­plet­ing roof work. Once this is fin­ished, progress should be­come more rapid since the crews will be work­ing in­side, ac­cord­ing to Byars.

“We’re on sched­ule and we’re ready to be in that school (at the) be­gin­ning of the 2019-2020 school year,” Byars said.

The school sys­tem re­cently voted on a con­trac­tor at risk for the fu­ture Col­lege and Ca­reer Academy and Byars said they have been work­ing with ar­chi­tects to get a site plan. The plan is to break ground in April with site con­struc­tion be­gin­ning in June he said. Rome City Schools’ CCA build­ing should be ready for use by the 2020-2021 school year.

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