Capital projects winding down

JOHNSTOWN — Several Greater Johnstown School District capital projects are winding down, as the district is poised to reopen schools Sept. 5.

The Board of Education on Thursday at Johnstown High School heard the latest on ongoing projects impacting all buildings.

The district is currently in the midst of a $39.6 million capital plan approved by district voters in December 2014. The state is paying for about 95 percent of the cost of the projects.

Second phase work for the capital plan began in April 2017, and includes asbestos removal at many of the buildings and various changes at JHS, whose main parking lot has been shut down all summer to the public. Work at JHS has included: renovations to the science wing, media center, art room, technology room, pool, locker rooms, gymnasium, main office, nurse’s office, and guidance office, installation of emergency power system, and replacement of roof.

Superintendent Patricia Kilburn reported Thursday that asbestos abatement was completed at the high school. She said a final inspection was pending for the pool. She said the gym is “now available” for use, and work on the media center continues.

Director of Facilities Dave Wood was asked about the “squeaky” nature of the new gym floor, which was built on a metal track. He said the squeaks will “come and go,” especially based on environmental conditions such as humidity.

“As you move across the floor, it is flexing,” Wood said.

He said the floor was reviewed by Athletic Director James Robare. He said one or two spots were questioned.

District Assistant Superintendent Ruthie Cook said the capital project manager has asked staff to stay out of construction areas as projects wind down.

Kilburn said other capital renovation work at schools being done this summer has included: the library at Warren Street Elementary School; kitchen at Jansen Avenue School, and electrical panels at Glebe Street Elementary Schools.

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