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Schools construction is on track

By Phyllis Moore
Published in News on November 6, 2012 1:46 PM

Construction projects at two middle schools are "on track" to be completed by the spring, with occupancy expected within the next few weeks, the Wayne County Board of Education learned Monday night, later approving funding for six contracts in the district.

Randy Langston of R.N. Rouse, construction manager of simultaneous construction and demolition projects at Eastern Wayne and Norwayne middle schools, gave a status report on the projects, which were originally contracted at $6.2 million and $8.2 million, respectively.

He said that since the contractor was given notice to proceed, 350 days have elapsed and the projects are approximately 80 percent complete.

Occupancy of the new two-story building "100" and the newly renovated building "200" is expected within a matter of weeks.

For Eastern Wayne, that means students and staff could be moving in as soon as late December or early January.

"Once the transition is made asbestos abatement and demolition will begin on building '300,'" Langston said "After the demolition, the new student drop-off/visitor parking will begin. The project will be concluded once the new parking area is installed."

At Norwayne, the new one-story building "100" is near completion, with occupancy in late November or early December. At that point, asbestos abatement and demolition will start on building "B." The new two-story building "200" is expected to be occupied in late December, early January, with asbestos abatement and demolition then to begin on Building "E."

"Once the buildings are removed, the projects will be entering the final stage," Langston said. "New storm drains, sidewalks and landscaping will conclude the project."

Over $268,600 worth of contracts were approved, after Nan Barwick , assistant superintendent for fiscal services, explained the particulars of each.

A $40,000 contract will be awarded to Maxim Healthcare Services, paid from Medicaid funds, for nursing services for physically and mentally handicapped students.

It will be spent "as needed," Ms. Barwick said, and presently involves two students who require such services.

State/exceptional children funds will be used to pay $151,000 to Wayne Child Development Center, to provide developmental day services for preschoolers ages 3 and 4, for the current school year.

Invision Services will be hired on an as needed basis to provide visually impaired services to staff and parents. The contract amount is $25,000.

Pro Net will be paid $28,013 by state funds to install security cameras inside and outside at the district bus garage.

An $11,107 contract will be funded by Federal/Title I money to Stephany Harvey Consulting, for a comprehension toolkit workshop at Brogden Primary School. The contract covers staff development and training.

Capital outlay funds will be used to pay a $13,500 contract to Robert Hinnant Construction for brick underpinning, steps, a wheelchair ramp and landing for a large modular unit at a district office on Bain Street.