New Middle School update
Progress being made, dates still on target
The Facility and Design committee met on Tuesday morning and discussed a few details regarding the progress of the new middle school project.
Northern Technology Incorporated from Fargo was on school grounds last week drilling to take soil samples for determining building footing requirements. According to Chad Ruzicka, the head of Grafton Public Schools Building and Grounds the samples have not been evaluated as of Tuesday. He hopes to have the results within a couple of weeks but doesn’t see any issues in that area.
The building committees will be meeting with members from ICON Architectural Group and construction engineers on Thursday morning at 10 a.m. in the North Valley Resource Room to finalize the floor plan for construction bids. The reason for the meeting is to speed along this step of the process to forward the information to construction companies.
Committee member Greg Feltman suggested to go to two meetings a week to assure the project stays on schedule. Other members agreed that may be a good idea after more information becomes available on Thursday. According to Superintendent Jack Maus and Ruzicka ground breaking is still within the target window of April of this year. Maus reassured the committee members that this stage of the project is just part of the process and there will still be time to fine tune the plans before construction will start.
The new construction of the middle school is the priority and other renovation plans are secondary. After the construction bidding process the school board will then have a better idea financially where they sit for optional improvements such as to North Valley and the other existing buildings. Another priority is school traffic flow. Maus has suggested as a money-saving measure to wait on paving the parking lots because that would save on the fees being charged adding to the overall project cost. Members agreed, with the exception of the elementary pickup and drop off area with safety being a primary concern.
Additional site and floor plans are available on the school website as well as an area for questions, comments or ideas.