Fulton Schools’ Construction Work Wrapping Up in Time for School to Open

Nearly everything that is supposed to be ready for the opening of school in Fulton will be ready, officials say.

The district is in the midst of a pair of construction projects involving every building. Most of the work is saved for the summer break, putting crews on tight schedules to have work completed by the opening of school in September.

Much of the work has been done at G. Ray Bodley High School, where a new classroom addition has been built, the main entrance has been modified, new computer wiring and new windows have been installed, and locker rooms have been rebuilt.

The classroom addition will be ready, said district construction manager Jerry Sequin. Flooring was to have been completed this week, giving cleaning crews “just enough time to do what we need to do to get the rooms ready for the start of school,” he said.

Work in the boys’ locker room slowed down when tests showed the presence of lead in the tiles that were being removed. The federal government revised its rules for getting rid of items containing lead and Seguin said it took a while to figure out what those rules meant.

Public agencies have to handle items containing lead or asbestos with care because those substances can cause severe health problems. The removal of lead is not as difficult or expensive as the removal of asbestos, though.

The high cost of asbestos abatement has caused the district to remove a couple of items from its project, including installing new data and power lines at Fairgrieve Elementary and repairing some second floor bathrooms at the Education Center.

Outside the high school, the brand new athletic complex will be ready for tonight’s season-opening football game and Saturday’s varsity soccer match. New stairs to the bleachers will not be installed by then, however. Spectators will use the new ramps instead.

Work in the elementary school and junior high school is also moving along on schedule, including the installation of new kitchen equipment, new stage lifts (except at Volney Elementary, where asbestos testing forced a delay), roofing, topsoil replacement and seeding and more.

Fairgrieve Elementary has a brand new walking track in its yard. Also, the school’s Parent Teacher Group donated new benches and basketball court backboards. One Board of Education member urged people to “be kind” to the backboards.