- Bricks from the high school are currently being stacked in a daily basis. Please, do not go into the construction area to retrieve bricks! Bricks have been placed outside of the construction fence and are available on a first come, first served basis. Please, take only 1 or 2 bricks (so more people have an opportunity).
MPHS Construction Update from the Superintendent (12/09/2019)
Contractors are entering the six month of construction for the new Mount Pulaski High School and the community can finally see the project rise above the ground! In the early months, the project seemed slow going as contractors focused on preparing the modular classrooms for students, moving utilties and conducting ground preparation work for the project.
Construction began to take shape in middle October as foundational work began. Contractors hit early snags in soil compaction and foundation piers. Once these problems were resolved, the project faced a wintery mix in early November which slowed work.
The latter half of November brought better weather allowing for lower floor exterior walls to be poured and masonry work to begin. The masons, who are creating interior walls and the stage area, should complete interior work by the first of the year. Plumbing and elecrical contractors continue to rough in utilities while foundation work begins on the upper story. In January, the cast walls of the Multi-Purpose Room will be pieced together like a puzzle allowing a large portion of the exterior to take shape.
Late winter and spring will bring about an exciting transition in construction as the new building begins to take shape. Look for the renovation project in the 1963 building to begin in late spring. It is a project goal to have completion by this time next year!
MPHS Construction Update from the Superintendent (10/23/2019)
Excavation work has begun to wind down and the Vibratory Stone Column (VSC) work has been completed. The picture below shows the boring machine that has virtually “pounds” holes anywhere from 8-25 feet deep to create the VSC’s. The VSC’s were necessary due to the physical content of the soil at the construction site. The VSC’s will create more stability for the foundation work which is to follow this week (October 21-25).
Below is an example of a foundational wall along Cooke Street. Work on a similar wall has begun along Spring Street. Activity at the construction site is expected to pick up momentum in the following weeks as foundation work continues.
MPHS Construction Update from the Superintendent (10/4/2019)
Excavation work for the new high school building is nearing an end as construction crews prepare to pour piers and foundation in the upcoming weeks. Below are pictures of work being performed at the site.
MPHS Construction Update from the Superintendent (9/6/2019)
As everyone in Mt. Pulaski is aware, the 1912 and 1926 editions of the high school campus were demolished in the middle of July to make way for the new construction which is under way.
Demolition finished in just a few short weeks and it appeared no work was being done at the construction site, but that could not be further from the truth. Multiple contractors were on site July through August ensuring the remaining school building and modular classrooms would be ready for students on August 19th. Electric lines, gas lines, telecommunications and much more had to be moved as well as classrooms and offices that were in the demolished building. Through a great combined effort, the high school classes began without a snag and students and staff have adjusted well to their new environment.
Since the last weeks of August, phase 2 of demolition has been taking place. An excavation team has been working to set the sub-grade in preparation for the foundations of the new construction. Currently excavation efforts continue and the soil is being tested for compaction. Once developers are satisfied with sub-grade, steps toward building the foundation will begin. Before the end of September, piers will be bored and set which will support the foundation.
The good news is that construction is on schedule and going very well. The district will offer further updates as things begin to change on the site. The public is welcome to drive by and witness the work firsthand, but only workers can be on the construction site.
MPHS Construction Information from July 2019
The schedule for demolition at the high school is set for July 1-August 15 for completion. Classroom items have been moved from the 1912-1926 building in preparation for six portable classrooms to be delivered June 28.
There are three parts of the actual high school addition construction. The new front entry and high school office will be constructed first and will begin in the Fall of 2019. The construction of the new classrooms and gymnasium will also begin this fall. The remodeling and configuration of the 1963 locker rooms will be in the summer of 2020. The entire project is scheduled for completion by December 31, 2020 (total construction time of 18 months).
The school district is retaining most of the furnishings and equipment for immediate use for 2019-2020 school year. There will be some items that will be sold this summer, at Mike Maske’s Auctions. Watch the school district website, Facebook, and the “MP Times-Herald” for a list of items to be sold at auction.
In August, the “main entrance” to the high school will be the front doors of the 1963 gym. The high school office will be in the English classroom across from the gym (Mrs. Koehler’s former room).
As a reminder, the $10 million referendum that passed last November (2018) will not affect the tax rate (your tax bill) until the summer of 2020.
Bond Resolution for $10 Million in School Building Bonds
At the April 15, school board meeting, the adoption of a resolution to issue $10 million in construction bonds was approved.
The bond resolution culminates a process that involved the school district receiving an “A+” bond rating. This high rating allowed the school district to receive an interest rate of 3.288% to repay the $10 million in bonds. Our thanks go to Farmers Bank & Rick Volle who participated in the purchase of some of the bonds. Because of the wind farm’s effect on raising the school district E.A.V. (Equalized Assessed Value), and the 3.288% interest rate, the payback period for the bonds has been shortened to about 14 years. The original schedule for payback was 20 years. This will save the district (& taxpayers) about $4 million in interest.
We thank the tax payers of our school communities for approving the referendum last November. We endeavor to be good stewards of the proceeds of the bond issue, as we begin the high school construction.