BEATRICE – The new school year begins Wednesday for kindergarten through ninth grade students in Beatrice. But, not for some students at Paddock Lane, where a delay in finishing a six-classroom school addition has pushed back the start to August 20th.
Some board members and the administration made clear last night they’re not happy with that fact. Janet Byars said she received questions about a lack of activity around the addition.
:13 “that forward”
Byars said she’s very disappointed the building wasn’t ready to go by the planned completion date, of August 1st.
:22 “move again”
Board member Lisa Pieper said she’s gotten significant feedback from citizens about the delay.
:13 “two weeks”
Rogge Construction won the contract for the addition late last November, at a cost of just over $1.12 million. Randy Rogge met with the District 15 Board Monday night, along with Fakler Architects and the DLR Group.
:29 “to recover”
The main problem was delay in receiving two units that make up an energy recovery system, but also delays in some of the subcontracting work. The mechanical equipment is expected to be delivered in mid-September, with installation planned for a Friday through Sunday, around September 21st to the 23rd.
New Beatrice School Superintendent Jason Alexander said there was no provision in the contract for damages, should the project get behind.
:44 “have to answer”
Liquidation damages, Alexander says, is something the district will look at in future building contracts. He said he appreciated the fact that contractors took the time to explain to the board and administration, the status of the project.
A fire marshal inspection of the building was conducted, Monday. An architect will review the project and what work remains to be done. The building has air conditioning and the energy recovery units do not prohibit holding classes.
But, officials are now saying full completion of the Paddock Lane Elementary addition is likely October 1st. About 345 students attend Paddock Lane.
Rogge says his company does a lot of school district work in Nebraska and doesn’t take such projects lightly.