After a summer filled with piles of construction debris and relocated offices, Central High School/Middle School is beginning to look like normal again.
And with less than a week until school starts, the project is winding down and the building will be ready to accept students on Sept. 4.
That’s the message Superintendent Brian Corlett gave the District 108 School Board on Monday, Aug. 27.
“We’re all pretty well set up,” Corlett said. He added that chillers will be operating soon and while contractors will need to do some balancing of air flows throughou
t the building this can be done after school hours.
“It was a big job,” he said.
Because the building has had several additions over the years, the air flow units were different. The project replaced those old units making air flow consistent throughout the building.
And while some wondered if the project could be done in one summer, Corlett said contractors plan the work with a deadline in mind.
“They know when they have to be done,” he said.
Students will also see a new high school principal’s office and waiting area
and new concession stand with restrooms near the football field.
After three years of summer construction on both district buildings, Corlett said this project is the final building project planned for the school at this time.
Principals discussed beginning of the year plans and students numbers. Andrew Wilkins expects enrollment in the elementary school to be about 450 students, the highest ever in the building.
Middle School Principal Ron Erpenbach is projecting 210 students in grades 6-8 and Tom Erickson, high school principal, reported 348 students, including a 9th grade class of 98 students to start the school year.
In other business:
• Erickson told the board the Homecoming Week is Oct. 8-12 with the homecoming football game on Friday, Oct. 12.
• Met several of the new teachers who attended the meeting, including Ra
chel Pexa, Brian Isles, Allison Miller and Nicole Mittlestadt.
• Approved various handbooks for the school year.
• Approved the resignation of Jody Roding, reading specialist and approved hiring Jenna Beadles, adaptive special education and Jennifer Hoernemann, ECFE.
• Will hold the next board meeting on Monday, Sept 24, 6 p.m. in Room A240 of Central High School.