Changes made to elementary school construction

Jonathan Wright - [email protected]
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VANCEBURG — The Lewis County Board of Education approved two change orders for the construction of the new elementary school during its meeting Monday evening.

According to Superintendent Jamie Weddington, one of the change orders OK’s installation of additional storage cubbies for teachers to store materials.

“These are cubbies that are designed on the same lines as the cubbies at Tollesboro Elementary,” Weddington said. “It’s the one concern I have heard repeatedly from the teachers is they want to make sure there’s enough storage, and this is the most cost effective to bring that about.”

According to the board, the change order will cost around $51,000.

“It’s not that much per cubbies, but it is a lot of money, but when you break it down over the number of rooms and the number of pieces of furniture, it’s not as expensive,” Weddington said.

The second change order approved by the board is part of a redesign for the gym instructor’s office which was recently approved.

“In looking at it with our construction management team, what we realized is that the drop ceiling in those areas, you could actually have got in there, raised the drop ceiling over and in theory raise another drop ceiling from the other room and see down into the room, which was a shower,” Weddington said.

Instead of a drop ceiling, the change order will now install a hard ceiling. The total cost of the project, including the readjustment of the HVAC system due to the change in ceiling will be around $1,800.

All expenses from the change orders are not expected to affect the construction budget Weddington said, as there is a contingency fund for such things.

In other business, the board:

— Approved a second reading of the district policies update for the coming year. Weddington said the district itself made no changes to the policy, but adhered to the recommendations made by the Kentucky School Board Association.

— Approved the second reading of the student discipline code for the coming year. Like the policy update, the disciplinary code saw little changes.

— Approved a cyber insurance policy citing its benefits because of the large amount of technology used by students and teachers. The policy will cost around $4,400, and will serve as a rider to the rest of the district’s insurance policy.

— Approved an additional position for computer technology maintenance technician II.

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Jonathan Wright

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