NEW ALBANY — While the construction work will not be finished at every site, school should open without too many issues July 29 in the New Albany Floyd County Consolidated School Corp.
Several buildings received major renovations, and two — Slate Run and Green Valley elementary schools — were completely rebuilt with the $87 million project referendum passed by voters in 2016. Work is still ongoing at many of the locations and will continue after the start of school. But students will not be affected by the construction, according to Bill Wiseheart, director of facilities for the corporation.
"The progress on all the projects, and how far we have come ... it's been quite a run," Wiseheart said.
Slate Run is all but finished. The parking lot still needs paved and playground equipment installed, but classrooms and the rest of the interior of the school are ready for students. The new Slate Run is 84,000 square feet, and cost around $18 million. The school has 22 classrooms along with a media center, cafeteria and gymnasium.
There is still interior work going on at both Prosser Career Education Center and Greenville Elementary School. Wiseheart said the new classrooms at Greenville "look great" and that Prosser is "substantially complete." He said the education space at both schools will be done in two weeks.
The final referendum job to be completed later this year is the new soccer field being built in front of Green Valley Elementary School. Wet weather has slowed work there. Wiseheart said by September the artificial turf should be laid and the facility will start taking shape.
"The weather has not been in our favor and we continue to work through that," he told board members. "We have also had a challenge with the labor pool. It's getting hard to find people, which has slowed us up a bit. But we are pressing forward and should have everything finished by the end of the year. We are closing out a majority of the big jobs."
Green Valley Elementary, paid for by the referendum, opened last July in time for the start of the 2018-19 school year.
Board member Lee Ann Wiseheart asked NAFC Superintendent Brad Snyder how much money from the referendum will be left over when all of the projects are finished. He said it's still too early to tell and would have a better idea in November or December.
"There is still a lot more construction to be done," Snyder said.
"You are still dealing with a moving target with the change orders," Bill Wiseheart added.