NEW BREMEN – The New Bremen Board of Education at their Oct. 16 meeting heard how spending overtime money has moved up the rain-delayed completion date for the new district elementary building.
Superintendent Jason Schrader told the Board that due to the decision to spend up to $56,000 in overtime, the projected completion was now Aug. 19, 2010. Heavy summer rains had delayed the project by 20 work days.
He said after spending $10,500 in overtime work in August, the opening day projection improved to Sept. 4. After September overtime, the completion date is now August 19. He said he anticipates the cost for overtime in September and October to be about the same as August. Due to frequent weather delays early last summer, the opening date had been delayed to Sept. 15, 2020.
The Board decided at their Aug. 21 meeting to spend the additional funding to get the new $20 million elementary building project back on schedule. Completion was originally planned for August 18, 2020 to access the 71,000 square foot facility.
The extra funding allowed completion of the walls and roof, allowing interior work to proceed through the winter.
Schrader told the board at an emergency meeting July 31 that drawing the money from the contingency fund will allow contractor Gilbane Building Company to pay crews overtime. Normally crews have a four day work week. The additional funding allowed them to make up the 20 workdays lost by working Fridays.
Schrader thanked the board, Gilbane Building Company and associated contractors for working together to get the new building back on schedule.
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