School work to kick into high gear during summer break

Asbestos abatement to being June 1, elementary school to be razed in July
By 
JOE POIRIER
Ozaukee Press Staff

As the school year comes to a close, construction crews are gearing up to enter classrooms at three Grafton schools this summer to complete most of the $39.9 million school facilities projects before the start of the fall semester.

“The mild winter has really helped us stay on schedule, and it also helped us with some of our contingency costs because we didn’t have to pay for heating and snow removal in the event of a severe winter,” Supt. Jeff Nelson said.

Construction of new classrooms at the high school and Kennedy and Woodview elementary schools is underway, and Grafton Elementary School teachers have learned their assignments for next year. That school will be torn down in July.  

Last Friday, Grafton Elementary teachers spent a professional development day packing classroom materials that they won’t need for the rest of the school year into storage pods. The school year ends May 25.

On June 1, workers will begin asbestos abatement in the buildings under construction to ensure work areas are safe for crews to do remodeling.

“Until we start tearing down the walls, we really don’t know what work is going to be involved with that,” Nelson said.

The entrance to the high school’s commons had new framework installed Tuesday and the new kitchen area had drywall and tile floors installed this week.

Masons are currently putting in new brick for the high school locker rooms, which will be completed by August — just in time for the start of the fall sports season. 

New walls are being put up in the high school’s gym, and workout equipment will be moved into the space on Friday. On Monday, May 7, the gym flooring will be installed.

The foundations for new classrooms and the maintenance department at the high school have been poured.

“Most of the structural work has been done at all the schools, and now it’s just interior work that has to be completed,” Nelson said.

Drywall will be finished this week for the additional classrooms at Woodview, while new drywall is beginning to be installed at Kennedy. 

Concrete is also being poured at Woodview’s west parking lot. 

“They just completed the curbing and the islands, and they will be pouring new blacktop for the parking lot in about a month,” Nelson said.

Before Grafton Elementary is torn down, there will be a farewell party for community members to attend on June 4. 

“There will be students available to give tours, and there will be old photos of the school on the walls, so people can walk around and remember what it used to be like years ago,” Nelson said.

This summer, John Long Middle School will be used for the School District’s summer school programs. Nelson said maintenance and handicap accessibility work would be completed at the middle school after all the other school building projects are finished.

“We’re pleased to see the progress that is going into our buildings, and we’re excited for what the 2018-19 school year will bring to us and our community,” Nelson said.

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