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Archive for Tuesday, March 14, 1995

COMPLETION SCHEDULE

March 14, 1995

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Second high school

Pupils at Cordley and Pinckney schools will have to wait until fall 1996 for air conditioning, administrators told the Lawrence school board Monday.

Board members and administrators had hoped crews could install new climate control equipment at least in Cordley School before summer ended.

However, initial engineering reports showed the project would extend a month into the fall of 1995, said Craig Fiegel, division director of business and facilities.

In a meeting Thursday, the Cordley staff told Fiegel that waiting until fall 1996 for air conditioning would be preferable to distractions caused by a month of dust and debris in August and September. Parents and teachers complained of similar conditions at Central Junior High School and Lawrence High School this year.

"I gave them the option," Fiegel said.

Crews will remove asbestos from the building this summer so the project can be completed in the summer of 1996.

As expected, climate control at 64-year-old Pinckney School will not be complete until the fall of 1996, said Grant Ackerman, a construction manager for the 1994 bond issue projects. The age of the building is to blame for the length of the project.

Board member Tom Murray said Fiegel and Ackerman should be able to defend the time schedules against accusations that administrators were favoring the $25.8 million project to build a second high school to the $11.1 million of renovations at 14 existing buildings.

Fiegel said that, unlike for the high school, the district had to request bids from architects and interview perspective firms for the renovations. The district already had a contract with architects for the second high school.

Supt. Al Azinger said the administration went the extra step to consult with parent groups at schools about selecting architects or engineers to their satisfaction.

"It was not a matter of not spending time on those projects," he said. "It's a matter of taking longer when you're meeting with that number of people."

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