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BCMS Construction on Track for Completion

Construction phases for Boyd Co. middle school renovation "jumbled," but still on track for December completion; students will start school year in another building
Daily Independent, Ashland, July 28, 2017
By Rachel Adkins

Renovation work on Boyd County Middle School currently remains on schedule for completion in December.

District finance director, Don Fleu, said those in construction management have stated the project is on track, with substantial completion set for November. Work on the $25 million renovation began last March.

In terms of the project’s phases, Fleu said they have been “jumbled” since the school moved all the students and staff to the Heritage Building (the former high school building).

In February, the seventh- and eighth-grade students were relocated due to several children breaking out into rashes during the middle school’s ongoing construction. There was no official link between the construction and the rashes, but the school decided to go ahead and move the students as a precaution.

The seventh- and eighth-graders joined the sixth-graders at the Heritage Building. The sixth-graders had already been moved there during the renovation process.

“(The contractors) went back to the drawing board as far as the planning and redesigned the phasing and redesigned when various contractors have availability to the space because we no longer had to worry about moving people around on the building,” said Fleu.

Although Fleu is unaware of what is left in the renovations, he said the workers are probably now working on the cafeteria and the new media center. He also said a few classrooms may still be under construction, adding that the workers are focusing on a little bit of everything at the same time to try and finish up the overall project.

According to Fleu, the district is spending approximately $1 million a month to pay the contractors, with $5 or $6 million left that is available.

“So we’re kind of on schedule in paying contractors as well as on the work,” he said.

When school starts for Boyd County on Aug. 9, all middle school students will return to school in the Heritage Building. Fleu said that if all goes as planned, the students could possibly be switched to the newly renovated middle school during the school year.

“I don’t know for sure but I would assume that we would use Christmas break to move materials and supplies and so forth back to the middle school building and then let the kids resume the second semester in that new building, but it’s still up in the air at this point,” he said, adding that it all depends on if the renovations are completed in December or not.

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