by Lisa Tome
While the students were on summer break, it's been a busy time for major school system construction and renovation projects.
"It's been a busy summer," Perry Willis, Executive Director for Support Services for Cecil County Public Schools, told members of the Cecil County Council last week.
He said that construction of the new $17 plus million Gilpin Manor Elementary is behind schedule.
"It was moving along nicely until (the rain). Now it's eight weeks behind. But the contractor can make that up when we're under roof this fall," said Willis. "It's no material issues. The setback is based on weather."
The current Gilpin Manor was built in 1952. Renovations came in 1954, 1980, and in 2005. The building will be under roof by this fall.
The building will measure 65,749 and have a capacity of 720 students based on 30 students per classroom. The building will be state of the art and constructed to meet green standards with recycled content in materials, natural daylighting, acoustical controls, improved energy savings and more.
The contractor, Mullan Contracting, is working with both the county and the town. County inspectors review the site. The Town of Elkton handles the permitting and building oversight.
Cecil Manor Elementary is also undergoing a major project. The school is getting a new roof. "Rain and roof work don't go together," said Willis. Some ceiling tiles have sustained damage. The rain has meant that the work won't be done when school starts. Willis said student safety will come first.
Boilers will be replaced at several schools in the upcoming months. Willis said those projects will go out to bid. The roof at the Bohemia Manor middle and high schools will be repaired in the summer of 2018. Work is also ongoing with negotiating a site for the new Chesapeake City Elementary School. Chesapeake City's new school will have the same design as the new Gilpin Manor Elementary.