Bethel board OKs added site work

By Cecilia Fox -

BETHEL TWP. — At their meeting Monday night, the Bethel school board accepted a bid for additional work on the district’s older buildings. The project, which will not be funded by the construction bond issue, will create a new middle school office and add several classrooms.

The board awarded the $466,600 bid to Westerheide Construction for the addition of a new office for the middle school and updates to the entrance. Now that school is out for the summer, work on the project is underway and

According to board president Scott Hawthorn, the work will be paid for from the district’s permanent improvement levy fund.

Owner’s representative Joe Harkleroad said the overall construction project is being completed under budget, although all of the district’s contingency money has been spent. Some allowance money remains, he noted.

The project also includes the renovation of a computer lab, the conversion of an old office to a classroom, and the addition of an elementary media center and two classrooms.

Furniture is being moved into the new addition and the modular classrooms are being removed, Superintendent Ginny Potter noted. Outside work will continue at the site, including grading and paving.

“Overall this building project has been well-run and managed and, perhaps most importantly, it’s getting done on time,” board member Lori Sebastian said.

The board thanked Harkleroad for his work on the project. He served as an intermediary between the district and the contractors.

By Cecilia Fox

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