Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY


September 9, 2011

District’s projects remain on schedule

GLASGOW — Barren County School Board members received good news Thursday night about the district’s construction projects.

Jim Ivy with RBS Design Group, the architect for several of the school system’s projects, told board members that work is on schedule and that the projects are under budget.

The school system is constructing a new Junior Reserve Army Training Corp (JROTC) building on the Barren County High School campus and is doing some renovation work at the Hillcrest Annex on Roseville Road.

Ivy met with school system officials earlier in the day Thursday for a progress report on the projects. He told school board members that they are receiving drawings from the various trades for the projects and that some work on the projects have already begun.  

“The building pad at the Hillcrest Annex is ready for the footings and the foundations to go in. That work is probably going to start next week,” he said, adding that the earthwork for the new JROTC building has also begun and are waiting on the retaining wall blocks to finish the earthwork. “In the next month or two we are going to see a lot of progress, but as of right now that’s what’s going on. [The projects are] on schedule and under budget so everything is good.”

Daryl Wheeler, construction manager, with Venture Contracting Inc., told school board members that his company will be working with the high school staff and board staff on scheduling in the next couple of weeks.  

“It is very critical that we make everything fall into place and not interfere with the high school activities,” he said. “We’ve got to be diligent up front on that and get everything worked out. We don’t want problems and [we need to] make sure that we don’t.”

Ivy also noted that during the progress meeting earlier in the day and during a prior preconstruction meeting that Venture Contracting stressed the importance of keeping everyone safe while the construction work is taking place during school hours. No interaction between construction crews, the students and the staff will be allowed.

“That has been stressed very emphatically and there is a zero tolerance rule in effect,” Ivy said. “If that goes on people will be asked to leave the job site. They are on top of that and I’m glad that they are diligent about that.”

Bo Matthews, superintendent, said he has been checking on the construction projects and said, “It is great to hear that we are on schedule and under budget. I just hope that we can make that two months in a row. Certainly, [I am] pleased with where we’re at right now.”

Matthews also announced that a ribbon cutting will be held at 9 a.m. on Oct. 14 to commemorate the completion of the new outdoor classroom, walking track and greenhouse at Eastern Elementary.

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