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Construction of WMS addition to begin in late March

District 518

WORTHINGTON -- Construction workers should begin preliminary work on the Worthington Middle School addition and renovation project in late March, director of management services Dave Skog told the school board's instructional committee Tuesday.

"It's all set in motion; everybody's in place," he said, adding project manager McKinstry already has secured sub-contractors for the project.

Skog said workers will begin excavation and laying footing for the classroom addition during the spring, before moving into heavier construction this summer. The project is expected to be completed in time for fifth-grade students to attend class there this fall.

The performance contracting portion of the McKinstry contract, which included modifications to make district buildings more energy efficient, are nearly complete -- though window replacements in the high school will wait until summer.

The District 518 Board of Education will award a bid for the high school heating, ventilation and air conditioning improvements at its Tuesday meeting; those will begin June 7.

The board voted to move ahead with the roughly $14-million set of projects in June 2009.

The committee also reviewed a technology audit conducted by the SW/WC Service Cooperative. The audit was generally favorable, with the district's uniform use of Windows computers, adequate staffing, and administrative support of technology all being praised.

Auditors recommended the district upgrade its internet presence and encourage teachers to use technology more effectively in the staff development process.

"It helps utilization if you have four or five teachers that get excited about it and they become the trainers," said Superintendent John Landgaard, citing use of educational activities on iPods at Prairie Elementary.

Committee members also discussed the amount of instructional time in the district's computer laboratories that is lost to computer-based standardized testing.

In other business, the committee:

- Agreed to recommend transfer of the district's payroll account to Rolling Hills Bank.

- Approved contracts with the SW/WC Service Cooperative.