WORTHINGTON — Construction on the intermediate school remains on schedule and work on the community education building is underway, the District 518 Operations Committee learned Tuesday during an update on the district’s many building projects.

“I would guess the contractor can start footings and foundations (for the community ed building) probably in the next week or so, and start getting that going,” said Dave Skog, director of business management for District 518.

Construction site of the future Worthington Community Education building, as of Oct. 10, 21. Tim Middagh / The Globe
Construction site of the future Worthington Community Education building, as of Oct. 10, 21. Tim Middagh / The Globe

At the intermediate school, the main parking lot is nearly complete, and they will likely finish the driveway this week, he added.

Members of the District 518 Board of Education will have the opportunity to tour the intermediate school Friday afternoon.

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District projects for recreational areas such as playgrounds and sports fields are also progressing.

All the construction preparation for the early childhood playground being built at Prairie Elementary is now complete, but the playground itself has not arrived. Depending on when it does get to Worthington, it may not be put in this fall, Skog said.

Worthington Area Youth Baseball Association is considering some projects at the baseball field, which would include moving some bleachers and making a plaza area in front of the concession stand for picnic tables. WAYBA would pay for all the related costs.

In other news Tuesday, the operations committee:

  • Learned that as of Tuesday morning, four students total from all District 518 schools had COVID. They also received an update that the school will begin optional masking on Monday, barring unforeseen changes to the situation. Landgaard emphasized that optional masking will only work if parents do not send sick students to school, and that if students go to school sick, the mask mandate will likely return.

  • Heard a request from Sanford Health to increase pay for nursing services from $35 to $37.50 an hour. District 518 has three school nurses through Sanford and two through a similar contracting agreement with Avera Medical Group Worthington. The request will go before the full school board.

  • Considered putting its auditing services up for bid, but decided against it, as committee members said they were satisfied with the service they currently receive.