By Mathew Reitz
Two Fulton City School District capital projects coming to completion have come in under budget, and the district will look to pursue further improvements with the leftover funds.
An $8.8 million capital project that was approved in 2012 and a $4.4 million project approved in 2014 did not cost as much as the district had planned for, and School Board President David Cordone said the district will use the additional funds to make more upgrades.
“The work came in favorably, and we’re going to be able to do more than we were anticipating,” Cordone said.
The board will consider a series of alternate projects before further work is commissioned.
The $4.4 million 2014 project is currently on schedule, according to Director of Facilities Jerry Seguin. A gym floor replacement and a new storage building at the athletic facilities have already been completed, and contractors are putting the finishing touches on roof replacements at Granby and Lanigan elementary schools.
Seguin said the membrane on both roofs was “completely installed,” and contractors were currently installing edge metal and ice guards.
There are also still some skylights that need to be installed in the gym at Lanigan, but Seguin said they should be in by the end of the week.
He said paving at Granby was beginning on schedule and should be completed next week.
Superintendent Bill Lynch said the work throughout the district “has proceeded well this summer.”
One of the final components of the 2014 project will be the replacement of locks on classrooms and offices throughout the district. Officials say the doors must currently be locked from outside the classroom, which they say is not ideal for safety.
Seguin said the hardware began arriving this week, and crews will immediately begin the installation.
Another small project driven by security concerns at G. Ray Bodley High School incorporates the mailroom into an existing office space. Seguin said the nearly completed project is a much better use of the space and improves security within the office.
Improvements to parking lots, sidewalks and access roads throughout the district have also been a priority this summer.
Seguin said “all the pavement” at Volney Elementary was resealed and repainted, and some paving was done on the south end of the high school. Access roads at the athletic complex and behind the junior high have been revamped, and Seguin said he hopes the district will “get a few more years out of that material” before it needs to be replaced.
A sign donated by the booster club is also expected to be installed at the athletic complex before school begins.
Major components of the 2012 project included the replacement of the stage curtain; lighting and rigging at the Education Center; a partial roof replacement at G. Ray Bodley High School; technology upgrades and new computer facilities at both Fairgrieve and Volney elementary schools; security upgrades, asbestos abatement, ceiling tile/grid replacement, removal of classroom lockers and new ductwork/relief fans at Fairgrieve; and a partial roof replacement at Volney.