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Board members hear updates of school construction work

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By JULIE BALL HAMBRICK
The Trimble Banner

During a special meeting of the Trimble County School Board, members of the board toured the new athletic complex and examined renovations to the Trimble County High School gym roof.

Architect Stan Klausing, representative of project firm Scott-Klausing and Company, advised board members that roofing repairs are on hold due to some concerns about worker safety on the low slope roof area.

Due to instability, Klausing recommended that existing repairs should be removed and this part of the project begin again. He said that unexpected severe weather this spring could have shifted repairs and caused the decking to move. The project’s construction company will soon complete a “temporary fix” to ensure no materials would come down during the winter.

Architects estimated the final low-slope project would take two and a half months and would begin next summer. In the meantime, Superintendent Marcia Haney Dunaway said she would contact the district’s insurance company about any possible storm damage.

In related news, the athletic complex is nearly complete. With the exception of signage and a few minor details, workers will likely finish the project in the next few weeks.

“Within two weeks, we’ll be out of there,” Klausing predicted. “There’s been so much work completed during the past five weeks, it’s phenomenal.”

The center includes facilities for the high school’s tennis, softball and baseball teams. The board was pleased overall with construction. Superintendent Dunaway anticipates opening the complex to the community on next spring’s opening day as planned.  

“Our kids deserve this, and they are excited about (the project),” said Dunaway. “We want this center to keep our students connected and participating. And now our facilities will be on par with other school teams in the area.”