The Springs School District's construction management firm, Park East, reported Monday that there are still quite a few items left on its to-do list in the ongoing expansion and renovation project, but that it is on schedule and slated to be done before students return on Sept. 9.
The new art room, administrative offices, and some small-group and special education classrooms have yet to be completed. The wood flooring for the gymnasium arrived this week, and has yet to be installed, along with the bleachers. Locker rooms still need their new lockers, chair lifts for disabled students still need to be installed, and sidewalks, bus parking areas, and parking lots still need to be paved.
"It's a lot to do, but it is on time," said Derek Knatz, vice president of Park East. "The trades have been working weekends -- we always struggle with manpower at this time of the year . . . but we are in a good situation."
Some of the work is slated to go on right up through Sept. 3, at which point teachers will have to scurry to prepare their classrooms for the arrival of students.
"That was good news for me and I'm very thankful and hopeful that these things will come about," Tim Frazier, vice president of the school board, told Mr. Knatz. "It sounds like a lot to do . . . but it sounds like you've got it under control."