Campus construction underway

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Summer break has started and so have several construction projects on the Cassville R-IV School District campus.

Last Thursday, Branco Construction broke ground on a classroom addition at the high school, which is part of a $7.1 million bond issue approved by district voters in April.

The Cassville School Board awarded Branco the bid after the company submitted a low bid of $937,000 for the project, which will add 9,515-square-feet to the south end of the existing high school building.

Now that construction has begun, the contractor has six months to complete the project. According to Superintendent Jim Orrell, that schedule puts the completion date at the first of December.

Orrell said the district will begin utilizing the new space as soon as it is finished. The addition will house additional classrooms, a science lab, additional restroom facilities and a south hallway that will connect the east and west academic hallways.

"We hope the first concrete work on the footings will occur next week," said Orrell. "The project should go pretty fast."

In addition to the project at the high school, the district has contracted with H & C Builders of Cassville to demolish three homes the district purchased during the school year. These homes are located across from the middle school just south of Kid Kat Drive.

The property is being cleared to make room for additional parking, Orrell said. He explained that parking would be a short term use for the property.

The R-IV Board is scheduled to open bids for construction of a vocational addition at the high school on June 22. This project is also part of the $7.1 million bond issue.

The plan calls for building a new 12,250-square-foot, two-level agriculture and technology facility behind the existing high school. When completed, both construction projects will increase the size of the high school by just over 21,000 square feet.

According to architect's estimates, that project should cost the district around $1.2 million. Orrell said if bids come in close to estimates then construction on that project could begin in July.

The remainder of the bond issue proposal will finance construction of a new fourth and fifth grade classroom building, which will be built northwest of the present middle school building.

Orrell said final plans for the project were still being compiled by the school's architect. The board is expected to go out for bids on the intermediate school project sometime during the next several months.

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