GLT Project Management Services employee Brandon Fisher bangs out a portion of the flooring just inside the front door of College Street School on a sweltering Tuesday afternoon.
“It is all coming along,” he says.”You can see the floors are starting to look really good. We just have to replace this wood right here and put the floor on and it is good to go.”
In fact, all of the flooring that didn’t need replacing have been sanded and preparations are being made for their refinishing.
In just over a month and a half, the contractors have already completed demolition, new walls have been constructed and have been put in place, according to Clyde Locklear, assistant superintendent for finance/facilities for Clinton City Schools.
“The mechanical trades are completing rough-in and painting has begun,” Locklear said Tuesday afternoon. “The painting contractor is currently working on windows and the exterior cornice around the building at the roof line; interior finishes have been selected and will be installed in the coming weeks … It is coming along very nicely.”
The construction project, budgeted at $336,000 and being paid for by an anonymous donor, will pave the way for three pre-K classrooms, alleviating an overcrowding situation for younger students in the N.C. Pre-K program at L.C. Kerr Elementary School. The back portion of the school will be used for the Head Start program.
In a special called meeting Tuesday morning, the board unanimously approved a license agreement between Clinton City Schools and the Telamon Corporation, the grantee for the Head Start program in Sampson County.
Locklear explained that Telamon will share the facilities at College Street School for the program, which is for children through 5 years of age.
“They have an Early Childhood Head Start program which is year round and they will be in the back of the College Street School building,” he said. “The regular Head Start program is for children ages 3-5 and that will run September through June.”
When the 2012-13 school year kicks off, three new renovated classrooms for N.C. Pre-K will be held in the front part of the College Street School building, while three more N.C. Pre-K classes will continue to be held in the multi-purpose room at College Street.
“This facility will go back to providing education services for young children, just like it has for many, many years,” Locklear noted. “We are excited about the progress being made and look forward to serving students once again in College Street School.”
Despite having to wait for months of delays, including a break-in where vandals ruined upstairs walls with paint last month, contractors have worked diligently to stay on track for completion by the 2012-13 school year, a goal Locklear said will be met.
“The College Street School project continues to progress toward its scheduled completion of early August,” he said. “Contractors are working hard and have a desire to provide a quality renovated facility for the community.”
Renovations also include outside repairs, including a handicapped accessible ramp.
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