New schools 'down to the wire'

John Rost and Steven Sohn of Moore's Floors install tile onto the walls of the new Denman Elementary School in Quincy on Tuesday, May. 21, 2019. Moore's Floors has worked in all of the new Quincy public elementary schools. | H-W Photo/Katelyn Metzger
By Herald-Whig
Posted: May. 22, 2019 10:10 am Updated: May. 22, 2019 10:28 am

QUINCY -- Quincy Public Schools Construction Representative Dave Wombles ticks off a list of items still to be finished at Sarah Atwater Denman Elementary School.

"It's down to the wire, but it will be done," Wombles said.

It's much the same at Thomas A. Baldwin Elementary School, where Wombles said a punchlist will be done next week for the classrooms and hallways while exterior work continues.

Wombles provided an update Tuesday for the Building Committee on both buildings slated to open in August.

"Realistically, I would guess, if I were to guess, Baldwin it will probably be July 1 when they finish everything and Aug. 1 for Denman to finish everything," Committee Co-Chair and School Board member Richard McNay said.

"That's probably close," Wombles said.

But the ongoing work shouldn't hamper the school district's plans to move into Baldwin on June 10 and Denman on June 17, with new furniture arriving a week later at both buildings and teachers gaining access to set up classrooms in July.

"The fact we can stay on schedule with the move in is a critical thing," McNay said.

"It looks like they'll be able to move in without any issues," Wombles said. At Baldwin, "it's going to be June 10 when they get everybody out of the way so they can move in. They'll still be working outside or be working in the hallways."

Meanwhile, the school district is moving forward with health life safety projects for this summer including a gym floor, new locker room, new stage curtains and tuckpointing at Quincy Junior High School.

Committee members recommended the School Board reject a bid for work on the school's front porch which came in significantly higher than expected. But the committee wants to rebid the project to redo the porch steps.

"That's the front door to that building. Some steps have some problems, some chipping," Committee Co-Chair and School Board member Mike Troup said. "Do we need to spend $100,000 on that? Hopefully not. Do we need to redo that? Yes."

In other action, the Building Committee:

Heard updates on other summer projects -- the new Flinn track, new roof and gym railings at Baldwin and new doors at Baldwin -- with updates planned in June on a sidewalk and road project at Quincy High School and improvements to the parking lot at the transportation facility.

Looked at holding quarterly meetings beginning in July as the district wraps up the $89 million building project, but Committee Co-Chair and School Board member Mike Troup preferred continuing to meet monthly until October.

"We have two schools winding up," he said. "I'd rather start that quarterly deal in October."

Plans call for the committee to meet in July, August, September, October, January and April during the 2019-20 school year.