'BUSCO SCHOOLS: Renovation plans rerouted due to weather

CHURUBUSCO — Construction is expected to be completed July 26 on the Smith-Green Community Schools elementary, junior and senior high school buildings.The current building project has been ongoing since September 2012.While significant renovations continue to happen inside the school, one outdoor project yet to be done is replacing the school’s utility lines.Large tile to be used in the project still sits in the elementary school playground.SGCS Business Manager and Transportation Director Todd Fleetwood said, due to some delays, it may be sitting there for another month or two.“It was a project that we started and wanted to get done before winter, but once we got into it, we figured we’d better look at it again,” said Fleetwood.“Anything below ground, you’re taking a guess on. When they initially started digging, they figured out the school’s utility lines ran in a way they didn’t expect.”While some would think enlisting the assistance of a service such as Call Before You Dig would help solve this problem, Fleetwood explained those services only track so far off the utility main.Between being uncertain of where the school’s utility lines are, trying to match up the school’s underground piping with the town’s and the changes in temperature that accompany the oncoming of spring, the installation of the tile has been put on hold.Some projects currently going on in the building include renovating the cafeteria; updating the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC); putting in new ceiling tiles and lighting and installing a new generator.Work recently began on renovating the auditorium, rendering it unusable, as asbestos is removed from the auditorium ceiling.Beginning March 1, renovations will begin on the varsity locker rooms.Weather permitting, construction on a secure entryway will begin March 25.Once work on the locker rooms and the front entryway start, construction inside the school will be at its most intense.For a more in-depth look at this story, see the Feb. 20 issue of The Post and Mail. Don't have a subscription? Call (260) 244-5153 or subscribe to our e-edition. For breaking news, sports updates and additional coverage, bookmark the homepage and find us on facebook.