SPRING VALLEY — The construction of the new addition at John F. Kennedy Elementary School is coming along at full speed.
Last week, the Spring Valley Elementary School Board heard an update on the project from Bill VanDusen of Allied Designs.
He recommended the board start looking into accent colors that could be added to “accentuate” the gymnasium, cafeteria and 25 classrooms. The cost to paint one accent wall in each room was priced at $6,810.
Board member Jack Kusek suggested leaving the painting without the accent color and having teachers or students select their own paint and design for the accent walls later in the future.
Board member Tracy Morris was in favor of the idea and explained the cost to add the accent colors didn’t set well with her. After figuring, she came up with the project costing $50 an hour to paint one wall in each classroom.
“I’m a huge fan of the accent colors, but it just seems like a lot of money for one wall per classroom,” she said.
Superintendent Jim Hermes suggested holding off on the accent colors in the classrooms and going ahead with painting an accent wall in the gymnasium and cafeteria.
While VanDusen explained the accent wall package would have to be broken up, because it was originally put together as one whole budget list item.
The board ultimately decided to approve painting only an accent wall color in the cafeteria and gymnasium not to exceed a price of $2,750.
VanDusen said the painting would start in the gymnasium. Workers were finishing up smoothing out the brick, before the first coat of paint primer would be applied.
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