The addition to the Greenbrier Junior High School is on schedule and plans to be in by July of 2018 still remain.
The Log Cabin Democrat spoke with Superintendent Scott Spainhour Wednesday for an update on the project.
Spainhour said the district put out bids for everything but have decided to rebid the electrical part, as of 2 p.m. Tuesday, because officials didn’t like the way it looked. He said they should get those results from the construction manager by the end of the week.
He said once that’s done, he should have a total estimate for the job. He estimated it would cost the district between $7.5 million to $8 million.
Spainhour said the project officially started May 2017 and a new road for buses and dirt work for the building pad was constructed during the summer as the first phase.
He said construction crews have already started with all the sewer, utilities and retaining walls and should be drilling the geopier systems — a cheaper solution engineers on the project came up with to solve the issue of soft ground — within the next week or so.
“We’re really going to start seeing a lot of work happening,” Spainhour said.
The project, he said, is an addition to the newer part of the junior high.
“What we call the ninth grade section was built in the early 2000s,” Spainhour said. “The section we call the eighth grade section in the back, was early 60s.”
He said crews will connect the newer portion and add about 38,000 square feet of space.
“What we’re replacing is about 25,000 so we’re adding about 13,000 new square feet for additional classrooms,” Spainhour said. “It’s new, but it’s connected to the existing building. So, the plan then would be, once everyone’s moved in, we’ll demolish, we’ll tear down that old part.”
His plans for that area in the future are to build a safe room in that spot. The district has already applied for a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grant.
“I think we’ll get it done,” he said. “I just don’t know how long that part will take.”
Everyone so far, Spainhour said, is excited for the needed new space which is going to be far better than the 60s building with horrible acoustics and lighting, bad plumbing not up to standards and other building issues.
“You can only paint and polish so much,” he said. “If I’m an eighth grade teacher in that building and I’m getting ready to to go to this new one, it’s going to be like trading in your old hunk of junk and buying a whole new car. That kind of feeling. It’s going to be nice.”