Beaty nearly done; Ike needs more time

The construction project underway at Beaty-Warren Middle School is slated to wrap up next month, but completion of the renovated two-story section at Eisenhower Middle High School will not.

During Monday evening’s meeting of the Warren County School District board of directors’ Physical Plant and Facilities Committee, Dr. Norbert Kennerknecht, the district’s director of buildings and grounds, updated members on the progress at Beaty, Eisenhower and Sheffield.

“We are looking for a January 31 substantial completion” at Beaty, said Kennerknecht. At that time, students will be moved into the completed remainder of the building.

He highlighted recent improvements in the gymnasium where the floor, lights and bleachers have all been replaced in addition to acoustic paint that was applied over Thanksgiving.

At Sheffield, Kennerknecht said all of the structural steel for the elementary addition is “up and in place” and the roof decking is about 60 percent complete as of last Friday.

At Eisenhower, he explained that the contractor on the renovation “requested a 30-day extension. They were just behind.” The extension was granted. The renovated two-story portion of the school was slated to be turned back over to the school at the conclusion of first semester in January.

The elementary wing at Eisenhower was the scene of a fire call the night before Thanksgiving when a small fire was reported. Kennerknecht said, “That area is all repaired.”

Superintendent Dr. William Clark took the opportunity to thank the seven volunteer fire departments that responded to that incident.

In spite of the extension, Kennerknecht said, “Eisenhower progress is moving well.” Temporary heat is being installed in the addition so that additional concrete can be poured. The “project is where we would expect it to be at this time,” he said, adding that the project has moved forward significantly in the last month overall.

He highlighted a couple of energy-saving devices that are part of the Eisenhower renovation. One is a sensor on the light banks nearest to windows that “detects how many lumens are coming in from the window (and) regulates and dims the light fixture along the windows so you’re not wasting energy.” The other item he mentioned is motion detectors so that the lights will automatically shut off when no one is in the room.

“As a design professional, energy efficient devices, people often don’t understand the function of them,” said board Vice President Donna Zariczny. She asked if there would be any training for the staff in this regard. Kennerknecht said that is an “excellent idea.” He highlighted that the building “is a learning facility” and the energy-saving devices, as well as geothermal wells on site, can be utilized as learning opportunities.

Kennerknecht also reported that a committee has been established to develop the educational specifications for an upcoming renovation of Warren Area High School. The committee includes administration, staff, board members as well as parents and students. The first meeting of that group is scheduled for Jan. 8.