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Pettisville School Atrium Could Open Valentine’s Day



Steve Switzer, Pettisville School District superintendent, said district officials are hoping to have the atrium at the new Pettisville school ready for Valentine’s Day, Tuesday, Feb. 14.

Masons are finished with their work, and the atrium is now fully enclosed, allowing work inside in any weather.

Currently, a crew is installing the terrazzo floor.

Switzer said he expected workers to pour the floors in the atrium Monday or Tuesday.

It would be about a week before the floors are ready for other workers.

The final steps will be to finish carpentry, he said.

Opening the atrium Feb. 14 means it will be ready for two basketball games.

“It will give us a chance to try out the new concession stand,” he said.

Budget

The atrium is just about on budget, with about $15,000 left in the contingency fund.

Switzer said the total cost of the atrium project was estimated at $935,000.

Because the Ohio School Facilities Commission wouldn’t pay for the atrium portion of the project, a local fund-raising campaign was undertaken.

Today, the campaign is still about $142,000 shy of the $935,000 goal, but Swtizer said another $7,000 was raised in January.

Plus, an agreement be- tween the school district and the district Foundation ensures that financing is available to complete the structure.

Button Up

Another project underway is the “buttoning up” of the remaining portion of the old building.

When the original 1929 school building was demolished, a 1995 addition, built with privately-raised funds, along with a portion of the old elementary school wing was left in place.

Workers have been busy building new walls to seal off, or “button up,” the areas left exposed by demolition.

Switzer said masons are at work on the last portion of the project, working on a wall on the northeast corner of the building.

The project was estimated to cost $374,000, and again, because of OSFC rules, must be completed with local funds.

“A few things have come up, but nothing significant,” he said.

Switzer said locally-funded projects, such as the atrium and the button-up project, were either on or slightly under budget.

“They were so-so,” he said.

But the bulk of the new school project, mostly paid for by the Ohio School Facilities Commission, has been far under budget.

At one point, the school construction project was $2 million under budget.



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