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SPRING VALLEY — Construction on the new addition to John F. Kennedy School in Spring Valley is progressing at the scheduled pace.

“There’s been a considerable amount of work taking place,” architect Bill VanDusen of Allied Design Consultants told the board at Wednesday’s meeting.

Stored materials have been brought to the site, and several trades from electricians to heating and cooling have been working simultaneously to keep the pace. The goal is to have the buildings enclosed by the time colder weather arrives.

The underground storm sewer has been dug and is about 90 percent complete; the main sanitary sewer is nearly 90 percent complete, according to VanDusen. The geothermal well field is nearly finished, and the piping that connects the wells will be next on the list.

There have been some issues with poor soil conditions leading to some areas needing to be excavated deeper than anticipated. So far, this has been only a few spots, but they are keeping an eye on it. Midwest Testing Service has been diligently testing the soil.

The soil required an entire wall of the gym to be dug deeper.

“They had to excavate down,” VanDusen said.

VanDusen and Superintendent Jim Hermes recently visited the plant where the pre-cast walls for the building were being made in Iowa. Hermes showed the board a slide show depicting the process for the walls and hopes to have the walls delivered in the first week of August.

There were three change orders needed for the project. They are eliminating the cable television installation at a savings of $3,900; expanding power to an area where an outbuilding may be built in the future; and the geothermal field needed to be shifted 40 feet due to issues with a drainage ditch.

Bills for the construction will not be included in the general bills that are passed under the consent agenda each month, and instead, will be separate so board members can discuss the individual bills as needed.

The building is expected to be completed by July 18, 2014.

In other business:

• Financially the school is where it needs to be, according to Hermes. The general fund ended the fiscal year about $400,000 higher than last year and the transportation fund was about $35,000 higher than last year.

• The school did not receive a maintenance grant this year. Hermes said the state was looking more for emergency improvements than permanent improvement projects.

• Valley Photo was chosen as the district’s yearbook/ school picture vendor.

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