By Samantha Pidde
Herald Staff Writer
CLINTON — Construction on the Clinton School District’s new middle school progressed this year, despite delays and change orders.
The project started early this year after the school board approved a $1 million bid in mid-January. A total of 107 bids had been received on Dec. 13, 2012. Funds from the one cent sales tax will be used to finance the project.
The district proposed the construction of the new middle school, near the intersection of 13th Avenue North and 16th Street Northwest, to combine all sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students into one building. This building will replace the Washington Middle School, built in 1935, and Lyons Middle School, built in 1971. The new school will feature classrooms designed to facilitate inquiry-based learning and foster education.
On April 9, the school district broke ground on the building.
At the time, Lyons Middle School Principal Dan Boyd, who will become the principal of the new middle school, said combining the two middle schools has been a goal of the middle school leadership team for many years.The two schools have shared programs for more than a decade. The leadership has spent the past three years working on plans to unify the students, parents, staff and the community once the project is complete.
By this fall, basic infrastructure of the building could be seen. While Superintendent Deb Olson hoped to see the building fully enclosed before the end of the year, Project Engineer Eric White reported in September that the project was behind schedule because of soil under one portion of the school and the fire access road was determined too soft to handle the structure load. The school board approved change orders of $38,254 and $35,539 related to the issue. White added that some parts would be enclosed in December and others in January.
The additional change orders took a significant amount from the project’s contingency fund. The $400,000 contingency had been whittled to $236,000 in October.
These delays have pushed back the expected completion date by at least a month. Instead of being done in July, the project is expected to be finished in mid-August.
The school is expected to be open to students by the 2014-2015 school year.