Work is progressing at the new Storm Lake Elementary School site, and payments are being made to the contractor.
Engineer Bob Payer told the board of education this week that additional tile was discovered while digging, but that the situation did not hold the project up. The unexpected tile was removed, and six feet of fill dirt was placed over the area to provide a stable base.
A temporary road is now in place on the site, in hopes of avoiding disturbance to the neighborhood. Semis hauling in materials are helping to compact soil for the construction to follow.
The board approved a $67,811 payment to Lundell Construction.
Superintendent Dr. Paul Tedesco said that the bidding process is expected to begin at the end of the month or early August and building could begin in late September or early October.
It is highly likely that the construction will not be complete by fall of 2008, as was hoped. It is more likely that the construction will be complete towards the end of the first semester of the 2008-09 school year. Board member Todd Nicholson said he has visited with elementary teachers about the move into the new building and he has heard from them that if the building is complete at the end of the semester that they would like to move in to the new structure at that time rather than leaving it empty until the following fall.
There was some discussion that volunteers would be needed to help in the move but none of the board members felt that it would be a problem to come up with enough volunteers to help.