School repairs and remodels keep summer crews busy

Open house and ribbon cutting for the new Crooked River Elementary School set for 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 18


HOLLY SCHOLZ - Workers from Griffin Construction repair Ward Rhoden Stadium by installing steel columns to provide more stability to the side walls. The budget for the stadium repair is $100,000.

Crews have a lot of work to do before the Aug. 18 ribbon cutting on the remodeled Cecil Sly building that will be home to the Crooked River Elementary School Mustangs.

“The biggest concern of the district right now is the Cecil Sly progress,” Construction Project Manager Jerry Milstead said, noting that he feels fairly confident that the building will be ready in time for staff from the original Crooked River Elementary school campus to move in before school starts in early September.

The enclosed walkway between the two wings is in the beginning stage with framing set to begin soon. Milstead said he did not think that area would be complete in time for the 6 p.m. Aug. 18 open house and ribbon cutting.

While that aspect of the remodel is slower, the rest are coming along.

New restrooms on the north end of the breezeway have been constructed. All classrooms and restrooms as well as the kitchen have new flooring. Cabinetry will be updated in the classrooms as well. New classroom furniture is scheduled to be delivered in early August.

The cafeteria now has windows, and all new windows have been installed throughout the building. The entryway is framed, and work continues on the front entry.

The music room is getting new flooring. The lower level step had asbestos tile that had to be abated.

“This building has certainly had all sorts of surprises for us,” Milstead said. “Whoever the asbestos supplier was at that particular time sure made a lot of money on that school, that’s for sure,” he laughed.

Nearby, the IT building was demolished to make room for the new traffic project. The home was built in 1939 and served as the school district administration office and then later housed the IT staff. They had to abate the asbestos for that building before starting the demolition. During the process, a well was discovered that had water standing 8 feet from the surface, Milstead said.

Backhoes removed asphalt from the old Cecil Sly parking lot and are now doing the grading work to make way for the new parking lot and bus turnout. The access road west of Combs Flat Road is being widened and upgraded to make way for buses to enter. A bus drop off and pick up area in the northeast field will be added.

Close by, Crook County Middle School, phase 2 is well underway.

A bus turnout has been cut out of the south parking lot, and the two tennis courts along Southeast Second Street have been removed.

“There’s actually a 4-inch concrete slab underneath the westernmost tennis court, so we’re going to utilize that,” Milstead said.

It will be covered with new asphalt and become part of the parking lot. The other tennis court on the east side now has grass and is part of the field.

The top section of the chimney has been removed. They’re tearing out the hot water system and installing a new one, and the boiler room has been abated.

Inside, near the front entry, the boys and girls restrooms have been completely gutted and will be brought up to ADA standards. A new fire alarms system is being installed. The outside is being repainted, as well as the inside corridors and classroom doorways.

Milsead said he feels pretty confident that phase 2 will be complete when school starts.

A few blocks away, repairs to Ward Rhoden Stadium are also underway and include the installation of steel columns to provide more stability to the sidewalls. Repair work is scheduled to be completed by Aug. 20.

The main entrance and parking lot of Crook County High School have been improved. Deteriorated asphalt has been removed and replaced, and cracks are repaired. Asphalt has been seal coated, and the parking lot received fresh stripes.

The Crooked River First Street building, which closed to elementary school students last month, is completely emptied, and the asbestos abatement has been completed. Construction will start after all layers of the flooring are removed. The building will eventually house IT staff, Pioneer Alternative High School, the district production kitchen, and extra classrooms.

The new metal roof on Powell Butte Community Charter School should be completed the second week of August and then new snow guards will be installed on the roof.

The project came with a few surprises.

“We thought it was cedar shakes, but it wasn’t cedar shakes, it was cedar shingles,” Milstead said. “There were two layers of cedar shingles on that roof. We removed all that. We tried to close in as much as the attic space as possible.”

New exterior windows have also been installed and look very much like the style of the old windows.

“The idea was to keep the character of the building as much as possible,” Milstead said.

The building also has new exterior doors, heaters in the gymnasium, and a new handicapped walkway from the handicapped parking area.

Funds for these projects come from the 2013 school bond.