Building Updates

More than a year and $21.6 million later, the renovation and elementary expansion at the Eisenhower Middle High School complex is nearing completion.

“The Eisenhower project is moving along quite nicely,” said Warren County School District Director of Buildings and Grounds Dr. Norbert Kennerknecht.

He updated the Physical Plant & Facilities Committee on the progress on Tuesday.

Regarding the elementary wing, Kennerknecht said the district “will start moving in as soon as students are out.”

That move-in will entail shifting a host of items from the Russell and Sugar Grove elementary schools to the new site.

The renovation of the existing Eisenhower is also “still on schedule,” Kennerknecht said.

“(I) don’t foresee an issue being done with (the) school,” he said, but did note that work on the auditorium might not be completed in time for the beginning of the year.

Board member Marcy Morgan asked where the books from the Sugar Grove and Russell libraries would go.

Interim Director of Pupil Services Ruth Nelson said they would be consolidated into the library at Eisenhower.

Donna Zariczny, board vice-president, asked what would be done with any surplus.

“When we had that at WAEC (Warren Area Elementary Center),” Nelson said, “(they) went into the classroom.”

In other building news, Kennerknecht informed the board that the gym floor at Youngsville Elementary Middle School is slated to be refinished starting on Aug. 11 at “such a time when we don’t have a lease agreement with another agency” for the use of the facility.

The work is expected to take two weeks.