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CCA Middle School expansion completion pushed back…again

OXFORD— Hopes of moving into Clear Creek Amana’s new middle school addition over the Christmas and New Year break were dashed last week.
Superintendent Tim Kuehl gave the monthly construction update to the school board at its Monday, Dec. 14, meeting in Oxford.
“I was hoping for moving everything over Christmas, which, of course, is not happening,” Kuehl said. The move-in timeframe has been pushed to January.
The two-story addition was originally to have been completed prior to the start of the school year, but delays have plagued the nearly $15 million project from the start, forcing principal Brad Fox and his staff to find alternative spaces for classrooms. Under the original plan, most of the students would have moved out of the existing facility and into the 60,000 square foot expansion this fall, allowing renovation work to be performed in the older sections.
Last month, district construction manager Ray Willoughby and Shive-Hattery representative Keith Johnk expressed optimism for making the transition between Christmas and New Year’s Day.
Kuehl told the board part of the transition would be completed over the break with new furniture delivered during the week of Dec. 28. The move involves coordination between the district, Iowa Prison Industries, office furniture and equipment vendor Quill, and the contractors on site.
Board president Steve Swenka asked Kuehl about rumors of a Feb. 1 occupancy date for the students.
“For sure we’ll have kids in at that point,” Kuehl responded. “Sooner, if possible. That gives (facilities director) Maury (Gallagher) and those guys a couple weeks to get in there and get things polished up the way they want them.”
The project is part of a $48 million bond approved by voters in February 2014.
The board will approve bids for asbestos abatement in the middle school on Jan. 13, with the contract to be awarded Jan. 20. Bids for the renovation project will be accepted on Feb. 11 with the contract issued on Feb. 17, ahead of a Feb. 29 construction start date. The renovation work is scheduled for completion on Nov. 11, 2016.
Bids for the high school expansion will accepted March 10, with a March 16 date for issuing the contract and a March 28 start date. The high school expansion will add classrooms and a practice gym to be completed in July 2017.