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Progress lags on new high school

Published 7:25pm Tuesday, July 24, 2012

The project manager for the new Hartselle High School said the completion date for the new Hartselle High School is about a month later than originally announced.

Jim Maynard of Martin and Cobey Construction, the project manager, told the Hartselle Board of Education at its regular meeting Monday night that the classroom building is progressing well, with inside finishes being completed at the present. Hard tile has been installed.

However, the benchmark date of Aug. 1 for air conditioning in the classroom building will be missed. According to Maynard, two weeks would be the worst case scenario. Also installation of ceiling grids are approximately 1 1/2 weeks behind on the second floor as well.

The date for full construction to be complete has moved to mid-January 2013. Originally, school officials anticipated construction would be complete by Dec. 1.

This will still enable Martin & Cobey Construction to meet the contractual schedule which is a sliding schedule based on various items including the weather.

Hartselle High teachers and administrators still may be able to move into the new facility at the 2012 Christmas break if the classroom building and the cafeteria are complete. According to Maynard and School Superintendent Dr. Mike Reed the building could be ruled substantially complete and permission to occupy those two sections of the new facility.

It is possible that the auditorium construction would not be complete by mid-December. When questioned by board members Maynard is still hopeful that the move from the current high school can take place as planned. As soon as it might be determined this cannot occur Reed will be informed.

In other items the board approved the use of the HHS chorus room for College Street Players for production practice.

  • Approved the disposal of outdated textbooks at Crestline Elementary
  • Approved a new vacation policy which will limit the number of vacation days 12 month employees may accrue each year to 20. Currently there is not a policy limiting the days and any accrued days owed employees now must be shown as a liability on the school system’s books. Employees will have two option of being paid for any days accrued before Sept. 1, 2012. They may be paid a lump sum payment or 3 installments spread out over the next three years. Employees participating in the differed retirement option program would also have the option of using the vacation days until the termination date of the DROP program in which they are enrolled.
  • Approved a Cyber bullying policy to be included in the policy manual update
  • Approved the Hartselle City Board of Education Policy Manual
  • Approved a three year contract with Byrd, Smalley, and Adams of Decatur

Personnel Items

  • Approved the resignations of Barbara Clemons, guidance counselor at HHS; Chris Wimberley, Head Wrestling Coach, and Denise Orr, bus driver
  • Approved the transfer of Christy Zuck from Crestline to Barkley Bridge
  • Approved the employment of Nikki Powell, instructional aide; Susan Davis, custodian; Angela Robinson, special education teacher at Crestline; Tawnya Brooks, fourth grade teacher at Crestline; Ashley Benham, fourth grade teacher at Crestline; Dana Gladden, guidance counselor at Hartselle High, Oscar Glasscock, to conduct summer weight training program; Cindy Forsythe, girls soccer coach at Hartselle High

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