SPRING VALLEY — Teachers, students and administration are revving up for Thursday’s grand opening of the new John F. Kennedy School addition.
The school board last week discussed final touches and details for the event, which is expected to be attended by Gov. Pat. Quinn and Rep. Frank Mautino.
The event will kick off at 6 p.m. with a ribbon cutting at the front doors near the entrance off Strong Avenue, following by a flag presentation by the Boy Scouts.
Teachers will be giving tours of both the new addition and old portion of the school.
“There are neat things to show off on both sides,” Superintendent Jim Hermes said. “We’ve done a lot of new things to the old side too. It’s going to be really nice.”
Hermes confirmed the event is open to the entire community. He said this will not be a “meet the teachers” type of event, but rather a reunion to show off what they have been working on throughout the past year. The event is open to anyone wishing to attend — community members, parents, students, former and current staff, future students, etc.
Hermes said many community members have approached him and said how happy and excited they are to finally have the chance to see what has taken place. Many have watched the new addition rise from the ground and progress into what it is today.
At last week’s board meeting, architect Bill VanDusen of Allied Designs reported the addition project is 99 percent complete. The number of items left on the “to-do” list are minimal at this point. Remaining work to be done is painting of the basketball and volleyball court lines, installation of the divider curtain in the gymnasium and installation of the gymnasium bleachers. Also, little things like mounting signage and striping the new parking lot and installation of flooring in the main entry need to be finished.
Walking though the hallways of the school, people can see teachers are still moving into their classrooms and assembling and unpacking the last items before school starts.
VanDusen said once students and faculty start using the building, there will be instances where a little maintenance is needed here and there. Trades may have to come back and do fine-tuning to parts of the buildings, but that is normal and expected in these sorts of projects, he said.
The board on Wednesday unanimously approved the final list of change orders for the project.
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