The Saline Area Schools summer bond projects are progressing “extremely well” as the district and crews work towards completing $14 million in summer construction projects before the first day of the upcoming school year.
“Everything seems to be going extremely well out there,” said Mark Paulus, project manager for Clark Construction Company. “Overall everything is going extremely well as expected with this. Budget is going well. Schedule is extremely well.”
The summer projects that began the last day of school in June are on schedule for completion before the start of the new school year in September. “Everything is still on schedule for the students to come back, and more importantly, to allow the staff, principals and teachers to come back,” Paulus said.
The number of workers on the construction sites has steadily risen since the projects began in mid-June. “We’re averaging about 100 workers on site,” Paulus said. “We basically started our first day on the job after school left with 50 workers on site, and we’ve ramped it up to almost over a 100 already.”
Paulus said they have not had any issues finding the manpower to complete the work. “We seem to be achieving the necessary manpower in order to meet the schedule itself, but it is an ongoing challenge as there is a lot of competition out there for workers,” he said.
Overall, the district has not ran into any unforeseen issues so far this summer. “I think the lack of surprises is due to a lot of planning that went into this,” School Board President Paul Hynek said. “I think that helped immensely to minimize those.”
The district’s $67.5 million bond proposal was passed by area voters in November 2015, with the first series of bonds amounting to $40.5 million being sold in February 2016. Saline Area School has budgeted about $14 million worth of bond construction projects for the summer of 2016.