By Jeff Gallatin
North Olmsted’s summer school construction projects all are progressing nicely, interim Superintendent Terry Krivak said.
Removing asbestos from a middle school annex as a prelude to demolishing the structure to create better parking and traffic patterns in the area is moving along, he said. In addition, putting a new roof on Maple Intermediate School and putting a new fire alarm system in North Olmsted High School also are going forward.
“Things are going well with the different projects,” Krivak said. “They’re all work which we needed to get done in preparation for school next year.”
Referring to the asbestos removal, Krivak said it’s on target for being done by the time a contract for demolishing the annex is awarded later this month. The district is currently advertising for bids and will open them July 18 and award them shortly after that. District officials plan to have the demolition work done in time to put in the new traffic patterns for the start of the 2013-2014 school year in late August.
“That’s the plan,” Krivak said. “We want to be able to put the new patterns in for next year. Right now, we have to make sure the asbestos is out of there before we can proceed with the demolition work.”
The engineer’s estimate for all of the building work is $450,000 according to district treasurer Robert Matson.
The new traffic plans were designed to help alleviate crowding when buses and parents drop off or pick up children at the beginning and end of the school day. School officials have devised plans for both instituting the new traffic patterns and for other temporary patterns in case the demolition work is not complete when the school year begins in late August.
Referring to work on a new roof at Maple, Krivak said the construction crews have been working steadily on the project.
“They haven’t encountered any unusual problems,” he said. “They haven’t had any issues with the physical work itself.”
Krivak said the biggest problem has been the weather.
“You have to worry about the rain and the large amount we’ve been getting,” he said. “The workers need to have enough good weather to get the actual work done.”
Krivak said at this point, the work should still be completed in time for the school year. If not, the district will devise other plans. He noted the project is important too because the district is moving third-graders from Birch over to Maple in the new school year.
He said the new fire alarm installation at the high school is also proceeding on plan. The cost for the project, previously approved for $112,000, will increase by $5,000 with a change order expected top be approved by the board on Thursday.
“That’s something that we have to have done,” he said. “We just have to make sure they meet all the safety requirements for that kind of building.”
Krivak said when the installation and construction are completed, the new system will be inspected by fire officials.
“They won’t pass it until it meets their standards,” he said. “Getting the new ones installed is part of regular necessary upgrades for a district.”