OXFORD — In an impromptu report, Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Facilities Director Ray Willoughby described progress on the district’s various projects June 17 during the regular monthly meeting of the school board.
“The weather has everything fouled up…as usual,” Willoughby joked in reference to recent rainfall affecting work on the athletic complex and new auditorium in Tiffin. Willoughby described the recently dug and concrete lined orchestra pit as a swimming pool.
Reporting on the progress of the athletic complex, Willoughby noted the field has been marked and the track paved, though the rubber coating and final surfacing on the track had to be applied 28 days after the paving. Bleachers have been installed on the east side of the complex, while footings for the bleachers on the west were going in. A snag was encountered on the concession stand as a material shortage for the wood trusses was encountered. The contractor was able to work around this however, and the metal roofing was expected to be installed shortly.
A 50 ft. long by 14 ft. wide modular press box was expected to be delivered and positioned in the near future as well. According to Willoughby, Iowa Dept. of Transportation (IDOT) rules and regulations only allow such an item to move over the highways during daylight hours, complicating its transportation.
Even though faculty had moved into the new high school earlier in the month, some work still continues in the new building. Willoughby noted a punch list he called “quite lengthy,” which had items checked off upon completion. He added there was a lot of mechanical work left to be completed, and voiced displeasure with the delay.
“I’ve put my foot down,” Willoughby said.
At North Bend Elementary in North Liberty, some minor items were still in the process of completion.
“We’re cleaning up the punch list there,” said Willoughby.
The CCA office complex would move into the new building by July 1. District Superintendent Dr. Paula Vincent reported that a series of welcome nights would be held prior to the start of the school year, with the official Open House for the building scheduled for Sunday, August 23. The Open House will be conducted in two parts, with a cornerstone ceremony at 2 p.m., and tours for the general public starting at 3 p.m.
In other board action, four change orders for CCA buildings and facilities were discussed and approved. The first, in the amount of $25,783 was for North Bend Elementary to extend roof drains, tie-in roof drains, over-excavation, and electrical changes.
Also at North Bend, a $59,896.69 change order will add an extension to the north sidewalk, remove dirt for the parking lot expansion, and cover over-excavation of the east driveway.
A $45,935.75 change order for the athletic complex will revise a swale location used to drain water run-off, remove some curb from the track, add underground communications from the new high school to the complex and modify some rock gradations. In addition, a portion of the track surface will be changed, electrical receptacles will be modified and wire upgraded, the scoreboard footing will be modified, and slot drains will be provided near the track.
In the new high school, $8,985 will be deducted from the project contingency to pay for modification of the lockers.
Dr. Vincent also told the board the Old Creamery Theatre was interested in possibly using vacated space in the Amana building. Board members Kathi Huebner, Betsy Momany, and Kathy Zimmerman agreed to work with the theatre company to develop what is known as a 28E agreement allowing the use. Considerations of safety and security will be explored along with potential cost issues pending board approval.