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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • School renovation 'moving right along'

  • The architect working on the partial renovation of the Newburg School building says the new cafeteria and other improvement projects are right on schedule. She hopes to have a portion of the work ready to show off just in time for this year's graduating class to get a look.


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  • The architect working on the partial renovation of the Newburg School building says the new cafeteria and other improvement projects are right on schedule. She hopes to have a portion of the work ready to show off just in time for this year's graduating class to get a look.
    "The construction is moving right along," Architect Amanda Snelson of Dake Wells Architecture in Springfield said at the Newburg R-II School Board meeting Thursday. "The general contractor said that they should have the cafeteria area looking like something, looking presentable."
    Graduation is scheduled for May 13.
    To make that happen, the students routine will be interrupted for a short time.
    "We talked about blocking off a couple of weeks to have lunch in the gym area so they could lay the finishes down and clean up that area to make it look presentable," Snelson said.
    The kitchen remodel, new concession areas and new bathrooms will happen over the summer months, but architects and administration hope to have the project completed prior to the beginning of the 2012-13 school year.
    While Snelson remains confident the project will remain on schedule, crews ran into some unexpected problems that have changed some of the plans.
    Electrical wiring in the kitchen has caused contractors and engineers to change plans for a new wall planned to house the ovens.
    The initial plans called for the wall to have footings poured.
    "When the kitchen was built originally, they didn't build it like they do now," Newburg Superintendent John Westerman said. "They just laid the two and a half inch pipe with a wire going through it, and it is only like a half-inch under the concrete. So, they went in to do a footing for a new wall ... in doing so, they cut right into, real quick, cut into the old wiring."
    Snelson said the new plan calls for the new wall to be a stud wall with no footings to keep construction crews from being put at risk and to keep expenses down.
    She assured the board that the new wall style would be heat resistant and capable of housing the ovens.
    In other business, the board provided district teachers and classified staff with some good news — they will be getting raises in the upcoming school year.
    Teachers will be receiving a total increase of 5.4 percent.
    "You did a very good thing tonight, and I want to thank you," Westerman said. "The teachers appreciate that."
    A portion of the increase will come through step increases, and another portion will come from a base increase the district hopes will help attract new talent to its classrooms.
    The board's next meeting will be April 17 at 6:30 p.m.
    Page 2 of 2 - The change in the day of the week will accommodate the searing in of newly elected and re-elected board members.
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