Campus construction is well underway

Thursday, August 17, 2006

A pair of construction projects on the Cassville High School campus are progressing on schedule, according to R-IV School District Superintendent Jim Orrell.

Concrete block walls are being erected at the site of a classroom addition on the south end of the existing high school building. Branco Enterprises is general contractor for the $937,000 project, which is part of a $7.1 million bond issue approved by district voters last April.

Orrell said the addition should be finished in time for students to begin utilizing the new space by the start of the second semester.

When completed, the project will add 9,515 square feet to the high school. The new space will include additional classrooms, a science lab, restroom facilities and a south hallway connecting the east and west academic hallways.

Work has also begun on construction of a new agriculture and technology facility behind the existing high school. Couch Excavating, of Cassville, is doing the excavation work at the site, which will be located just south and east of the high school.

The R-IV School Board awarded a bid to Sides Construction, of Cape Girardeau, to complete the project. The company was the low bidder at $1,180,000. Other project bidders included: Rich Cramer, $1,216,000; Branco, $1,230,000; and Powers Construction, $1,235,000.

"All four bids were within $55,000 of each other, which is close on a project of this size," said Orrell.

The new agriculture and technology facility will encompass 12,250 square feet on two levels. Sides Construction has 250 days to complete the project. Orrell said he does not expect the facility to be ready for students until the beginning of the 2007-08 school year.

The third phase of the R-IV building project calls for construction of a new fourth and fifth grade classroom building on the Cassville Middle School campus.

According to Orrell, the architectural drawings have been completed, and the project should be ready to go out to bid this month. Bids will be due some time in September, and construction on the project should begin in October.

The 42,000-square-foot fourth and fifth grade facility will not likely be ready for use until the second semester of the 2007-08 school year, Orrell said. The construction work at the high school should have noeaffect on students as they arrive back on campus for the start of the 2006-07 school year on Thursday.

"There's going to be some distractions, some noise, but the construction will not affect students' schedules in any way," said Orrell.

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