July 11, 2013

NLMS remodel on schedule

Will be open for students on Aug. 7

By Rob McDaniel
Staff Writer

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — Construction is on schedule at North Laurel Middle School, where a $9.1 million addition/renovation is underway.

The Laurel County Board of Education was presented with updates on the construction and remodeling at North Laurel Middle School Monday.

Despite constant rain throughout the last few weeks, Kevin Cheek of Sherman, Carter, Barnhart said the school will be ready to open by the first day of school in August.

“A lot of work has taken place over the last month,” Cheek said.  “We’ve got more than 100 people working day and night to get the project done.  There’s a lot to be done still, but we’re confident we’re going to get it done on time.”

David Jackson of Hacker Brothers Construction also reported on the progress, stating construction will be ongoing, even after the school year starts.  Classrooms will be ready for students, but contractors will be present the first few weeks to finish the project.

“We’ll have school on time, but construction is going to be ongoing,” Jackson said.  “It’s going to be really tight, but we’re confident that we’re going to have school on time, just like we originally planned.”

 Upon completion, 14,500 square feet of new space will be added including four new classrooms, a new administrative area, and an enlarged security entrance and foyer. In addition, the entire remaining building, approximately 81,000 square feet, with the exception of the gymnasium will receive new flooring and renovation to existing walls. 

Cheek said 26 classrooms have already been finished and are ready for teachers to start moving their things in.  Bathroom facilities, the cafeteria and other areas of the school are expected to be completed by the end of this week or early next week.

Significant changes can easily be seen on the exterior. The new bus drop off canopy and front of the building brings North Middle into the architectural design common across the district.  Outside the building, a new parent drop off/pickup loop is being added along with a new bus loop in front of the building. 

“This is going to be an ongoing effort,” Cheek said.  “The important thing is that the kids will be coming back to something better than what they left.”