Slater childhood center design trimmed

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

The project has been greenlit.

There was standing room only in the conference room during Slater Board of Education's special meeting Tuesday, Aug. 24. Board members and project-heads huddled over drawings of the Early Childhood Center and reviewed budget adjustments one final time.

Ground will soon break and Jeff Vanderpool, of Rothwell Construction, said a trailer could be on site as soon as Thursday, Aug. 26.

With lighting fixture substitutions and various electrical changes, Vanderpool said the district could save nearly $5,000.

The current estimate is roughly $1.195 million.

The board has approximately $1.17 million including funding from its two bonds, so the estimate is $24,000 over. However, it remains below the $1.2 million mark that the board has been working towards.

"The $24,000 we can live with," Superintendent John McEachern said. "There may be additional savings or costs," he said, but the district can work with it.

Some of the revisions include deleting gym equipment and omitting several windows and snow guards. Exterior masonry had been under debate, but ultimately was kept in the plan. Brick will extend 12 feet high for a more uniformed look.

Vanderpool said the construction timeline is aggressive but do-able.

Members approved accepting the proposed changes and moving forward with the project.

Superintendent John McEachern and all board members were present.

The next regular meeting is scheduled at 12 p.m. Friday, Sept. 3.

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  • Once again here goes the ever dwindling town of Slater spending more money they don't have to build a building they don't need in a school that falls far short of proper education requirements or even meets the "no child left behind" requirments of the gov't. But then again if they did not do things like this how could the "wanta be's" stick their chests out and strut around like banty roosters, pretending they are somebody important!

    -- Posted by whyus on Thu, Aug 26, 2010, at 8:28 PM
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