BETHEL TWP. — At their meeting Monday night, the Bethel Board of Education heard an update on construction progress and authorized some emergency maintenance to the elementary building.
“Our addition is actually complete. The building itself is done. We have temporary occupancy and we’re down to the punch list and cleaning, still lots of cleaning,” the district’s owner’s representative Joe Harkleroad said.
There’s still a lot of exterior work to be completed, but once school is out in June, “things will go full speed ahead,” he said.
When the school year ends, work will commence on removing the modular classroom units, putting in parking lots, and installing new playground equipment. Over the summer, the only parking will be in the new back lot by the football field.
“We’re counting the days, counting down until school is out,” Harkleroad said.
Work on the district’s other buildings is underway, including the addition of a new elementary school entry and offices.
The district’s 100-year-old elementary building is also undergoing structural repairs.
The board approved emergency repairs to the building’s failing lintels Monday night.
Because of the emergency nature of the repairs, the board voted to dispense with the bidding process and authorize Midwest Maintenance to perform the repairs as part of the tuck pointing work they were already hired to do.
“If you go out there and look, the lintels and the masonry is starting to remove itself from the wall and we are very concerned,” Superintendent Ginny Potter said.
Because one of the problem areas is located near a main elementary entrance, it creates a safety hazard for students, staff and visitors.
Crews from Midwest Maintenance reported that lintels on the exterior of the elementary building were disintegrating and unable to hold the masonry in place. Work on the exterior of the building was halted until an engineer inspected the area. Work will proceed as the weather permits.
In other business, the board approved salary notices and contracts for certified and classified staff, as well as the issuance of diplomas for the class of 2017.
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