The construction project at Lebanon High School may finish three months ahead of schedule — this October — if all goes well until then, Bob Ross, assistant superintendent and executive director of resource and operation, announced at a school board meeting Tuesday, Feb. 19.
“The earlier you finish, the more you cut your expenses,” Ross said. “It’s pretty amazing. I have no reason to not believe we will be on this schedule, and I think they are doing whatever it takes.”
When he heard of this change, Ross said his first question was about the quality of the work, making sure workers would not cut corners in order to finish quicker. But Ross assured the board that the quality of the work would remain high.
Shiel Sexton, the project’s managing company, changed its approach and strategy in how it is looking at each phase of construction and going through punch list items to complete it, Ross said. With the new approach, they are not finding as many stumbling blocks along the way, allowing things to be completed in less time.
Teachers will be able to start moving into the new culinary arts area next month, and if all goes well, the new cardio and weight room will be ready for equipment in April, Ross said. Also in April, the front parking lot will be cleaned up and decluttered a little. The instrumental department will be ready to move into in July.
Ross had a meeting yesterday about the cafeteria, which will hopefully be completed in August, not long after the start of school. But, Ross added, if there is going to be a hiccup anywhere in the project’s time line, he feels it will be in the cafeteria.
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