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Monroe Legacy

PCM High School construction in high gear

PCE, middle school renovations winding down

Renovations on PCM High School is in full swing, and site work at the Prairie City campus is starting to wind down — this was the report on the monthly construction update at the May 21 regular PCM school board meeting.

According to PCM Facilities Director Jeff Shannon, as of last week, 50 percent of the concrete footings have been poured for the new classroom addition at the high school in Monroe. Work at the high school’s retention pond was nearly complete, with just topsoil seeding needing completion. The mobile classroom has been removed, making way for more parking lot work this summer. The new parking lot at the high school is also complete.

“Everything is moving, but we’re waiting for school to get out to really tear into it. I think we’ve got a good jump on the building,” Shannon told the board May 21.

DCI Group project manager Nick Bruck said parking lot work on both the middle school in Prairie City and the high school in Monroe would be done before school starts in August, but school board member Steve Nearmyer was looking for a more concrete timeline.

“That’s a good answer, but surely we’re going to have something in the middle of the summer,” Nearmyer said.

The school board member said he was concerned about parking issues, not only at last week’s graduation ceremony, but for sporting events, orientation and other summer activities.

At PCM Middle School, most of the site work is complete. Finishing touches are being put on the former office at Prairie City Elementary, which has been transformed into new classroom space. DCI Group representatives said paving in the middle school’s rear parking lot, like the high school, will be complete this summer.

The board also accepted final completion of a portion of the PCE and middle school projects at the meeting. The board voted unanimously to approve a $33,616 payment to Jensen Builders and a $3,199 payment to Beck Studios. This vote included releasing the final damage retainer to the companies. The payment came from the district’s bond renovation proceeds.

The board also approved a $27,914 change order that will go toward fixing a potentially hazardous electrical issue at the high school found during the renovation.

Construction work on the high school is expected to continue into 2019.

In other action May 21, the board:

• approved 6-0 the purchase of a new k-12, $109,214 science curriculum. The Elevate Science cirriculum from publisher Pearson provides a six-year program and includes text and web-based materials.

PCM superintendent Jermeland said teachers piloted another science program — STEMscopes — and found it not as rigorous for students as they would like it to be.

The curriculum purchase will come out of the current fiscal year budget, split between multiple funds.

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