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North Spencer schools to see a busy summer

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By DON STEEN

Staff Writer

reporter@spencercountyjournal.com

 

LINCOLN CITY – With summer vacation arriving soon, construction projects at North Spencer schools are expected to shift into high gear over the next few months.

Extensive renovations at David Turnham Educational Center and Chrisney Elementary and less intensive interior refurbishing at Lincoln Trail and Nancy Hanks elementaries have been keyed down during the spring semester to avoid disrupting class times, but with the schools soon to be empty, construction crews will be free to advance building projects with no such concerns.

In addition to ongoing construction, the board is also eying a new addition to the Heritage Hills campus. Members approved a measure to develop plans for an indoor baseball/softball and overflow practice building to allow sporting events to be held in inclement weather and provide additional space for practice when normal fields are unavailable.

The board commissioned Schroeder and Associates P.C. of Washington to engineer the project and take responsibility for state permits and required documentation. The relatively small building is expected to have a metal frame similar to a pole barn and be located behind the vocational buildings on campus. A number of ongoing projects are also expected to begin taking shape with the goal of achieving substantial completion by the end of summer vacation. The most substantial of these lies in the proposed expansion of the Heritage Hills High School west side. Paul Tempel of the Stenftenagel Group offered a progress report on the expansion and other construction efforts.

The west-side addition aims to include restrooms compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act, wheelchair-accessible access to the red gym and exits, improvements to air circulation, new rooms for choir and wrestling as well as other improvements to the athletic department to improve service at sporting events. Much of the construction area has already been plotted and crews are ready to begin work soon.

Work is also expected to intensify on the construction of new multi-purpose classrooms at Chrisney Elementary and David Turnham Educational Center, as well as other projects throughout the season. The high-school’s new roof-top air conditioning units will also see renovations to ensure they are functioning at peak efficiency by August.

In other business at the May 8 meeting of the North Spencer School Board, members approved $585,962 in claims and allowed 10 scheduled field trips to go ahead to round out the closing school year.