Purdy school officials review construction

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

A tour of ongoing construction at the Purdy school campus this week gave school board members a chance to see progress on several projects. The above view shows the addition to the cafeteria with the half the library footage added at left. The old entrance to the library is shown at rear right. Taking in the view are, from left, high school principal Bob Vice, school board secretary Anna Marie Erwin, board member Ken Terry and Superintendent Steven Chancellor. Cabinets should arrive in about three weeks and painting should begin by the end of the month. A divider like the one at the Monett City Park Casino will separate the old part of the cafeteria during athletic events, so the new part alone can be opened for use of the new concession stand, three times the side of the old one. Vice said the expanded cafeteria will reduce the number of lunch shifts from seven periods to four and allow lunch to start later. Construction is running about 2-1/2 weeks behind schedule, Chancellor said, pushing work up to the start of school in mid-August. Murray Bishoff times-news@monett-times.com

Construction advanced quickly during the second week in June on the renovated entrance to the Purdy High School gymnasium, the centerpiece of the project. School board member Ed Mareth, right, looked along the line where the new outer wall will stand. The new canopy above will cover all approaching customers for athletic games. One of the latest delays, said Superintendent Steven Chancellor, center, has been the roofer concluding he could not build the planned sloped roof. A storm water drain was added in the middle and will carry rain to a drain on the west of the entrance. Measurements for glass have been taken, and Chancellor expected once roof changes have been completed, work on the entrance will advance quickly. Murray Bishoff times-news@monett-times.com
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