By Jeff Gallatin
Summer construction work to install modular classrooms at Normandy School and upgrading of the heating and air conditioning system in part of Bay High School has been completed, Superintendent Clint Keener said.
Keener said the district will be testing the fire alarms for the modulars the first week of school, which began Monday. Because of that, the students scheduled to go in the modular classrooms will start in the school year in other classrooms.
“We’ll have the students in other classes for the first week of school,” he said. “But the other work is essentially completed, so it should be just a few days in the other classrooms.”
Because of the alarm testing in the Normandy modulars, Keener said it would be better to have the students in the other classrooms for a short time. In addition, district officials again are checking other aspects of the $241,000 project, which was done by EMOD Construction of Hinckley, Ohio.
“We want to make sure those alarms are properly set and everything is OK all the way around, since safety is a major part of the project,” he said.
Keener said the modular installation project is part of work involving the implementation of an all-day kindergarten program in the district for the 2012-13 school year.
“We had good weather, and the workers have done a good job,” he said. “We’re pleased the project went well.”
School Board President Gayatry Jacob-Mosier said the board is happy with how the construction work moved forward.
“I am very pleased with the modulars,” she said. “The classrooms are spacious and good looking inside, and on the outside they blend very well with the original building. I am thrilled to see investment in improving education in our community. This classroom space provides the school district with both flexibility and educational value for many years to come.
“Everyone that worked on this project needs to becommended for working hard over the summer and bending over backwards to ensure a large project like this got completed with minimal disruption and in a relatively short period of time.”
Referring to the efforts to upgrade the heating and air conditioning, or HVAC, systems in the band and music room areas at Bay High, Keener said board officials are also pleased with how that went.
“That work is all done, so it should be better for the students who will be in those areas a lot,” he said. “That’s something else that we wanted for this year.”
With the school year under way, Keener said those areas of the high school will have a lot of people in them.
“We have a lot of people involved in those programs, so we’re glad to have them upgraded,” he said.
Bay’s music programs have won a wide range of awards in the last decade, including consistent rankings among the top musical programs in the country.
In another area related to the opening of schools, Keener said enrollment at the middle school is up 35 students.
“That’s more than we expected at this time,” he said.
He said all districts have last-minute enrollees, but said they also usually have a few people leave as well.
“We probably had some families buying houses who are moving in right now,” he said.