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JFK addition coming along well

Move in date pushed forward

SPRING VALLEY — The John F. Kennedy School addition project was slowed by the harsh winter conditions, but has since progressed rather well and is closing in on completion.

Bill VanDusen of Allied Designs gave his monthly construction update to the Spring Valley Elementary School Board last week and said the district’s move in date has been pushed up four days — from Aug. 4 to July 30.

The south building section is further ahead and most of the painting work has now been completed. VanDusen reported the framing of the music room risers have been erected. Also, the flooring crew has started preparation work in the kitchen area of the cafeteria and is ongoing in the art room, computer lab and library area. Cabinetry is being installed in various rooms and the computer lab desktops are being set-up. Lockers have also been installed in the locker rooms off of the gym.

VanDusen said the suspended ceiling is being installed in the multi-purpose room, which will serve as a cafeteria and auditorium, as the stage-area was built in the room.

“It’s a cloud-like ceiling and looks impressive and very nice in that room,” he said.

The classroom marker boards have been delivered and will be installed shortly. The gym wood flooring is expected to be delivered this week.

“They will bring it into the gym and get it acclimated and to room temperature before putting it down in place,” he said.

In the north portion of the addition, where the classrooms will be located, insulation is in the process of being installed between rooms. The roofing has been substantially completed and the building is drying out, according to VanDusen.

The piping and needed duct work is in full progress and the painters are expected to be back on site this week to begin priming the walls.

Something that has been on teachers’ minds is whether or not the gymnasium will include the electronic curtain divider, which would piece the gym into two separate classrooms.

Superintendent Jim Hermes said the curtain was originally in the plans to be installed, but was later eliminated due to concerns with the project construction budget. Shortly after, teachers expressed hopes that the curtain plans would be reconsidered. VanDusen on Wednesday reported that it would cost an additional $9,755.63 to purchase and install the curtain.

Hermes said the Positively Active Wildcat Supporters (PAWS) group and Foundation group, which both work to financially support the district, were willing to go 50/50 on the curtain installation.

Those interested in following updates on the construction project are encouraged to check out the district’s website and click on links which show photo galleries and video tours of the progress.

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