East Grand school construction on time
September 24, 2008
The East Grand School District may need to borrow about $200,000 from its reserves at the end of the year to cover costs spent on its special education program, according to a June and August finance report.
“That hasn’t been finalized yet,” said Melissa Quinn, Board of Education member. “That’s what it’s looking like so the end of the year’s probably going to come in about $200,000 over which will come out of the (reserve).”
Superintendent Nancy Karas said the district has never had to submit for a loan this early, “but the BOCES (Board of Cooperative Educational Services) has not released $800,000 of our money.”
Construction on the Fraser Valley Elementary roof is well ahead of schedule, Karas said. “The block layers are actually a little bit ahead of schedule.”
The classroom wings are schedule to be completed in December and music classroom is projected to come in earlier, she said.
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“Right now, we want them to stay focused on getting the entire building brought up,” she said.
Granby Elementary School is also on target and the building should be completed by Thanksgiving, she said.
“(The) second shipment of furniture should be arriving here in a few weeks,” she said. “Granby should be on time.”
She said the crew has done a good job at Middle Park High School.
“We had a couple issues with gas leaks,” she said. “The plumbers have been here. We’ve had to shut the gas down a few days in a row.”
She said they figured out part of the problem, but the smell kept coming into the building.
“One of the boilers is not combusting all of the fuel,” she said.
Through further investigation, they figured out that the power switch was connected incorrectly.
“That is being fixed,” Karas said. “So, all the fans will now run the right direction and ventilate the building.”