Construction begins at district schools
School might not be in session, but that doesn't mean there isn't any activity going on in the Baldwin School District.
Dirt work has already begun at three of the district's four school building projects, Supt. James White said, with the fourth to begin sometime in the next few days.
One site that has already seen some activity is the new elementary school west of Baldwin along U.S. Highway 56.
"They're continuing to move dirt out there," White said. "A considerable amount of dirt work had to be done to get it ready for construction. It's taken quite a bit of preparation getting it ready for the new school."
With the recent approval of the building permits, he said construction of footings followed by some pipe work should begin soon.
"Following that, we'll see some walls start to go up," he said.
The construction of the new school is expected to last about a year, White said.
"We hope to move into the new school by about mid to late June a year from now," he said.
Work has also begun at Vinland Elementary School and Marion Springs Elementary School.
"The same type of work taking place at the new site is taking place at Vinland and Marion Springs," he said.
The storage building being added to the MSES gym should be completed in a couple of months, White said.
"We should have it completed easily by the time school starts," he said.
The multi-purpose room being added onto VES won't be finished in time for school, he said, but will be finished by mid to late November.
"We should see those two projects done by mid to late fall," he said, "so we can put those facility additions to use immediately."
Construction has yet to begin on the Baldwin Junior High School's addition and renovations, which include new classrooms, but White said that will change this week.
"We will be getting started over there in the next few days," he said.
In order to get ready for construction, he said the district has been moving several trees that were located where the BJHS addition will be.
"We tried to save as many trees as we could," he said. "We managed to replant most of them around the school."
Once construction does begin, White said the new addition should be completed in March 2003, with the renovations taking place after March and through the summer.
"It all should be ready for the start of the new school year in 2003," he said.
Baldwin residents and school patrons should look forward to the construction at the schools, White said. Patrons of the district approved a bond election in November totaling $7.9 million to pay for the projects.
"New and renovated schools are exciting," he said. "It'll be a good summer watching the building projects progress. I think we'll all enjoy that."