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September 26, 2018

Fulton Schools Construction Gets Back On Schedule


This Fulton City School District photo shows the completion of sidewalks and the driveway at Lanigan Elementary School.  The yellow line painted on the sidewalk is the safety line for students as they wait to board buses.

This Fulton City School District photo shows the completion of sidewalks and the driveway at Lanigan Elementary School. The yellow line painted on the sidewalk is the safety line for students as they wait to board buses.

The Fulton City School District’s big building project is back on track after several weeks of coping with asbestos discoveries that brought pieces of the project to a dead stop.

Work is underway at the high school, Lanigan elementary, the athletic complex and the district office in the first year of a two year, $23 million renovation of nearly every district building.

The high school and Lanigan opened on schedule this week.  Work is continuing at the high school, where the girls locker room and team room are still being rebuilt, sidewalks along Gillard Dr. are nearly done and the footers for a new wing have been installed.

At Lanigan, new sidewalks are in.  “They did a nice job,” the district’s top manager on the project, Jerry Seguin, said.  Asbestos removal is done and new tile flooring is done except for “a couple tiles here and there,” Seguin said.

The district office is getting an elevator because of the classes held there for students with disabilities.  The shaft for the elevator is complete.  The elevator and new seating for the auditorium are both scheduled to be installed in October.

The only problem spot has been the athletic complex, where the discovery of asbestos in the long jump and high jump pits of the track and under the tennis courts ruined plans for the football and girls tennis teams to play games on campus this season.  The more recent discovery of asbestos wrapped around drainage pipes under the football field not only finished off the home football schedule, it now may threaten next spring’s track season.

“We’re about four weeks behind,” because of the asbestos discoveries and removals, said Seguin.  Construction of the field and track was expected to resume this week, after state approval of the asbestos removal.

The four week delay is not a huge problem for the installation of the turf football field.  It’s on track to be installed this year before the snow begins to fall.  But the special materials that make up the track that circles the field require four days in a row of weather of 80 degrees or more in order to set properly when they’re installed.

The asbestos discovery pushed the track’s installation out of late summer and into early fall, where a stretch of hot weather is harder to come by.

“We’re not assuming spring sports (on the track and football field) are out yet,” Seguin said.

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