Construction on school campuses progressing

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Work continues on the addition at Jefferson Elementary School.
- Photo by Katie Justice

By KATIE JUSTICE, kjustice@clickthepaper.com

Jackson County Comprehensive High School Panther Project is purring along nicely, with completion dates on the horizon.

“We’re in line with the budget, and we’re in line with the completion [schedule],” said Jackson County School System Director of Facilities, Maintenance and Transportation Dennis Patrick.

The Panther Project entails a new gymnasium and fine arts facility at the high school. The fine arts facility is expected to be completed on Feb. 6 and the gym will be completed this summer on July 16.

“[JCCHS Principal] Scott Smith and I talked today about a ribbon cutting, and we would like to do that in March to get the building furnished,” said Patrick, although an exactly date is yet to have been set.

Jefferson City Schools

With the ongoing construction projects at Jefferson High and Elementary Schools running ahead of schedule, Carroll Daniel Construction Company is receiving bids for a subcontractor on the new JHS gymnasium building.

Bids will be received until 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 29, and around 3:30 p.m., the bids will be publicly read.

“What we would then do is enter into a time where we’ll qualify each bid that takes, and hopefully be ready to be back to you guys shortly thereafter with a recommendation,” said Steve Hix, Carroll Daniel Vice President and Project Executive, speaking to Jefferson Board of Education members at the board’s Jan. 10 meeting.

The new gymnasium will include locker rooms, a weight room, a wrestling room and classrooms.

In regards to the current construction taking place at both the high and elementary schools, Hix says work is more than three months ahead of schedule.

“We’ve made good progress,” said Hix. “We were anticipating on finishing the projects in mid-April of 2014, and now the schedule, with the progress that’s been made, shows us finishing the project by Christmas or by the end of this year.”

The elementary school’s addition is expected to be “dried in” by the end of the month, which means the building will be sealed from the weather and internal work and wiring can begin.

At the high school, Hix says about 95 percent of first-floor block is complete, and work will begin on the second floor as soon as the concrete structural planks are in place.