Admin says $20 million project can still be brought in on time and on budget

Between land use permit and weather delays, the William “Buzzy” Cooke Elementary School project is lagging just a little behind schedule.

According to Red Clay Consolidated School District Assistant Superintendent of District Operations Ted Ammann, the project is roughly one month behind the district’s initial schedule thanks to the heavy snowfall of recent months.

He added that they still have plenty of time to get the $20 million building open on time for August 2015.

“We are still looking at the financial impact of the winter weather but we are confident that we will get the building down within the budget,” Ammann said.

Ammann also said the district has worked to ensure that construction causes minimal disruption to surrounding neighbors, which includes the Grace Lutheran Church right next door.

Regarding attendance at the 600-student school, Ammann said that the district has attendance zone committee meetings every other week to work on a recommendation for which students will attend the new school. 

Ammann said that information about the committee's work is available on the district’s website. 

“We hope to have a recommendation by the end of April so that we can hold public comment meetings in our schools,” he said.

The new school is located at 2025 Graves Road, just off the intersection of Graves and Route 41.