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Wood BOE hears construction update

Wood County Schools Assistant Superintendent Mike Fling gives a construction update Tuesday to the Wood County Board of Education. Work on Williamstown-Waverly Elementary and Williamstown High/Middle School is nearing completion, though a new middle school auditorium will not be finished until the end of September, officials said. (Photo by Michael Erb)

PARKERSBURG — Williamstown High School’s new middle school classrooms are expected to be completed by the start of school, but officials say the middle school auditorium will not be finished until the end of September.

Assistant Superintendent Mike Fling, who oversees facilities for the district, presented a construction update during Tuesday’s Wood County Board of Education meeting, touching on projects throughout the county.

A $41 million facilities bond project includes construction of a new elementary school in Williamstown, expansion of Williamstown High into a true middle/high school, and expansion and renovation of the Wood County Technical Center in south Parkersburg.

Fling said work on sixth-grade classrooms in the new addition at Williamstown High are mostly completed, and all equipment for the new laboratory classrooms is on site and waiting to be moved when the rooms are finished.

“It appears the classrooms will be ready by the start of school,” he said.

Fling said with the auditorium, all ductwork is in and drywall has been finished and primed. Crews now are working on installing seating and electrical systems for seating lights.

“It is just not going to be quite ready by the time school begins” Sept. 8, Fling said, but crews anticipate all work being completed by the end of September.

Work at the new Williamstown-Waverly Elementary School is largely complete, and Fling said officials are working with Swope Construction and architectural and engineering firm ZMM to develop a “punchlist” of items to be completed in the coming days.

Swope has until July 31 to complete the punchlist items and a walkthrough of the school will occur in the beginning of August, Fling said.

Some of the external campus projects, such as sports courts and parking lots at the elementary school, will be completed by Wood County Schools, Fling said.

All furniture has been delivered, assembled and placed in classrooms, Fling said, and equipment and materials from the old Williamstown Elementary School have been moved into the new facility.

At the Wood County Technical Center, new furniture and phone systems will be arriving soon, which will allow the center’s administrative offices to be moved and renovation work to begin in the old offices, Fling said. The district also is working to relocate a cosmetology program within the building and to design and price a covered walkway to connect the center to Parkersburg South High School. The two schools share a campus.

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