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AC’s project on target for a fall finish

June 20, 2011

    Adams Central School's $10 million construction and renovation project is on target to be done this fall and the school board has scheduled a dedication ceremony for Sunday, November 13, at 2:30 p.m.
    At the board's June meeting, the latest payment to the prime contractor, Weigand Construction of Fort Wayne, was approved at $1,083,047.24, covering the costs of steel and concrete for work on the southeast corner of the building.
    The board also approved the following:
    (1) Adding $23,251 to hardwire the computer lab in the media center and the business room's computer lab.
    (2) Adding $14,750 to do plumbing and wiring and to install a washing machine and a kitchenette in the room that will be used to teach life skills to high school and junior high school students.
    (3) Accepting four bids for furniture, three of which were the lowest ones received:
    — $38,624.64 from One Eleven Design of Fort Wayne for the high school/middle school office, with the stipulation, said Superintendent Mike Pettibone, that AC officials "renegotiate" the cost of the main desk.
    Pettibone remarked that AC does not have to buy all the furniture contained on the four lists.
    — $211,969.40 from Sharp School Services at Hobart, Indiana for classroom items. Middle school principal Aaron McClure, who was involved in this bidding process, said this bid was the highest that AC received in this category, but that the quality of the desks, etc. is much better.
    — $48,990.48 from School Specialty of Indianapolis for cabinets.
    — $28,327.59 from School Specialty of Indianapolis for the media center and the gathering center.

    The board discussed, but took no action on, the idea to create a concession stand near the swimming pool to serve the pool area, the wrestling gym, and the main gym. The estimate on the cost of that work is $20,000, according to Pettibone.
    The superintendent advocated making the concession stand as soon as possible because the people who would do the work are on the job now, but board member Brian Tonner recommended waiting to see what the overall finances of the the project are before doing such extra work.
    Pettibone also said AC's athletic department and wrestling organization may contribute to the concession stand project.
    The project overseer, former AC board member Barry Ehinger, said workers discovered a 400-foot-long, three-inch-diameter leaking water line that will be replaced at a cost of $7,500.

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