Moving forward at Pinetree

Construction underway at Pinetree Elementary School Tuesday afternoon. Eddy Martinez/The Signal.

The highly anticipated modernization project at Pinetree Community School is expected to commence shortly after the Sulphur Springs Union School District governing board gives the project its final green light on Wednesday.

Following a planned presentation from district staff on potential cost-saving measures for the project, the agenda report states, the board will then consider approving a contract with Medallion Contracting Inc. for underground utility improvements at the school site.

“We planned on doing some modernization probably four years ago,” board President Ken Chase said, “but the funds weren’t there, so (the project) got set aside.”

“Now, we’re ready to move forward and begin the first phase,” Chase added. The first phase will consists of work that pertains to the administration building.

The scope of work, according to the agenda, includes relocating a large water main for the campus, three electrical conduits, irrigation lines and some additional minor demolition work around Pinetree.

The work is part of a two-phased project designed to improve existing school buildings, construct a new classroom building to replace aging portable buildings and construct a new student support center that will create a safe and secure entry point to the campus, the agenda states. The project was phased to accommodate both the district’s budget and the existing conditions on the campus.

The work will take place over summer, Chase added, “to create as little distraction and inconvenience as possible to staff and students.”

If approved, the district will pay $457,992 for the underground utility improvements at Pinetree Community School, the agenda states. The project will be funded via Measure CK, a school facilities bond initiative approved by the district’s voters in 2012.

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