Wellington Middle School auxiliary gymnasium looks great; projects elsewhere are lagging as school start looms

first_imgThe new gym will have 48 double stacked lockers in each of two locker rooms, giving students a chance to change and store their belongings. There will also be two restrooms, one being handicapped accessible, available.“Now we have the capacity we need for seventh and eighth grade games, and can accommodate practices and host teams as we need to,” Ybarra said.The new parking lot will feature north and south parking spots, and students will be able to get to class safely, as the cones will be gone, replaced by small pillars.“I’m excited due to the fact that we will be capable of hosting other games,” Ybarra said.Next week, workers will paint the markers in the new gym, which has a freshly varnished floor, and complete touch-ups and the locker rooms. The construction at Wellington Middle School should be completely finished by the first day of school.Assistant Superintendent Brad Morris said that the construction at Kennedy, Roosevelt and Eisenhower schools is progressing, but not as fast as school officials had hoped. All three schools are receiving new FEMA, or safe rooms. Walz, Harman, Huffman Construction Company, in Wichita is taking care of the construction and remodel projects on these schools.“There is beginning to be some concerns if they are going to be ready by the Aug. 12 date,” Morris said. “We were told the projects would be completed.Due to electrical issues on the units inside, Morris stated, there were setbacks.“Hopefully they have the problem solved so they continue to move forward with everything else,” Morris said.He said that just this week the old rooftop air conditioning system was removed from Roosevelt, and a new roof is being added.“There are still things at Kennedy and Eisenhower that need to be done in the existing buildings, lots of finish work, but one project has to be completed before another one is started,” Morris said.With the new air units, Morris said, they need to be installed before painting and carpeting is done to remove the humidity.“When the units went down, they didn’t want to start those projects until the new ones were in place, so they were put on the back burner for a bit,” Morris said.The offices at Kennedy and Eisenhower are also still under construction.“Hopefully they have it figured out and we can see a lot of progress in the next four weeks,” Morris said.The additions will not be ready when school starts, Morris said, but the existing structures should be ready to go when school starts.Follow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter. by Amber Schmitz, Sumner Newscow — With the new school year fast approaching, and construction still continuing at some of the schools, Wellington Middle School Principal Jamie Ybarra anticipates that his buildings will be ready by the first day of school, Aug. 23 – including the final touches of the new auxiliary gymnasium.“In the next two weeks, they will install a new safe entrance to the building, and the new auxiliary gym should be finished,” Ybarra said.The new auxiliary gym is getting rave reviews including from the new Superintendent Mark Whitener who said, “the gymnasium floor is as beautiful that any homeowner in Wellington would want it in their house.”New LED lighting was installed in both the new and existing gymnasiums to make it brighter inside the buildings. The new gym will have seating available for up to 400 visitors on one side, and space for the teams and scoreboard on the other side.Sauerwein Contruction Company out of Wichita is handling the construction and remodel job at the middle school.“They have been working on it since about November, but they have been very diligent about keeping with it and getting it done on time,” Ybarra said. “They have been a pleasure to work with.” Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (7) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +8 Vote up Vote down WestSide · 212 weeks ago There appears to be very little regard for safety at the Eisenhower Elementary. Metal duct work sitting around for several weeks with sharp edges, where someone (children play) could easily get cut from, before they were removed. Wires hanging down from the power pole since the roofers were there. Broken sidewalks, with metal wire sticking up, for several weeks before being removed. None of these safety hazards were fenced off. And the actual fencing around the new addition, several sections laying down, allowing children into an area that should be secure due to even more hazards. Is there not a project manager there or someone monitoring the activities going on? If this was my property I would have been suited or issued a summons for something by the city. Report Reply 4 replies · active 212 weeks ago -3 Vote up Vote down Ted “Theodore” Logan · 212 weeks ago “can accommodate practices and host teams” This was obviously a higher priority. The floor is beautiful, and other schools will see that. And that’s waaay more important than the younger students’ facilities being finished. Report Reply +8 Vote up Vote down CJC · 212 weeks ago It was a completely different construction company that built the gym than what is working on the elementary schools. Its not the school districts fault one company is faster or has a better planned out project. Not sure if you didnt catch that or just looking for something to gripe about. Report Reply +2 Vote up Vote down Ted “Theodore” Logan · 212 weeks ago “Its not the school districts fault ” Things can be done to be sure a job gets finished quickly. Ask any contractor. Report Reply +1 Vote up Vote down Pat Zeka · 212 weeks ago That is not true. As it was mentioned in the article, two different companies have been doing the work and it’s obvious one has done a better job staying on schedule. I personally take offense that sports would be more important than the younger students in our district. There is no bigger sports fan than myself, but I have 7 grandchildren attending those schools that are lagging behind some and elementary schools are as important as anything else in this district, Report Reply +5 Vote up Vote down SuCo Pride · 212 weeks ago Two different companies, two different projects. Report Reply 0 replies · active 212 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down james day · 212 weeks ago So have them work longer hours to get in done, and why would u build a gym with bleachers just on one side, seems kinda stupid to me. Report Reply 0 replies · active 212 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. 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