The construction project at Olmstead School is running a little behind schedule and the Logan County school board had to approve a change order at last week’s meeting to account for the extra time.
“They’re a little further behind than we thought they would be,” said Logan County schools superintendent Marshall Kemp. “The original date they were supposed to be finished was the 15th of April, but now we are hoping that they will be finished before the eighth grade graduation at Olmstead.”
There’s no guarantee that the project will be completed in time for the ceremony, however.
“I would hesitate to venture to guess,” Kemp said.
The purpose for the addition will be to move the preschool classroom from the second floor of the building to the ground floor.
The addition has become necessary because of a state law that requires all preschool classrooms to be on the ground floor by the 2014-15 school year.
“Instead of renovating a room on the ground floor, we will just be putting on an addition to the building,” Kemp said. “We’ll also have another classroom as part of it that will be used as an art room and we will enclose the walkway from the main building to the gym so that the children don’t have to walk outside.”
Currently the Olmstead gym has just a covered walkway and students must go outside to move from the school to the gym.
Also at last week’s school board meeting, the board voted to approve the suggested current school year calendar amendments that would have the last day for Logan County students be Friday, May 30.
The Logan County school district missed 16 days this past winter because of snow. The new calendar would include making up most of those days while still giving the county school over the minimum number of instructional hours that are mandated by the state.
Students will not be in school on Memorial Day (May 26) or on the primary election day (May 20).
The plan also calls for a few other changes to the school schedule.
The one remaining “fun day Monday” for Logan County High School will be eliminated and students will be in school that day. And for the five elementary and middle schools, students the early release Fridays will be eliminated four four weeks, beginning on April 24.
“I haven’t had anybody call and complain about the new calendar,” Kemp said.