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School District Five Board receives updates on new elementary school, prepares for visit to site

The Lexington-Richland School District Five Board of Trustees received an update on the progress of the district’s new elementary school during its meeting on June 15.


Officials managing construction of the new school reported that the project is on schedule despite significant rainfall throughout the construction process. An Early Site Package that allowed preliminary work to begin on the site last fall has been invaluable to keeping the project on track, and in many cases ahead of schedule, managers of the project said.


“We are quite pleased…They worked through historical weather as well as the pandemic, and we are proud to say that we are on and ahead of schedule,” said Greg Hughes, president of Contract Construction, the district’s Construction Manager at Risk.


Several parts of the school construction including second floor masonry, roofing and brick work are weeks ahead of schedule, Hughes added. The new school in Chapin is slated to open in the fall of 2021.


In addition to receiving information about the project’s progress at the June 15 meeting, all board members have been invited to visit the site on Thursday, June 18. The Construction Manager at Risk will host Board of Trustees members to see the project first-hand. Board members will be divided into small groups, and no Board votes or actions will be taken during the tour on Thursday.


The district plans to hold a public dedication ceremony for the school before its officially opened in the fall of 2021. Last month, the district announced that longtime administrator Cassy Paschal will be principal of the new school in Chapin.


“We were happy to hear the report about the progress of the site and are grateful for the foresight that now puts us ahead of schedule in many areas,” said Michael Cates, board chairman. “We look forward to visiting the site on Thursday, but beyond that we look forward to welcoming our students, families and community into School District Five’s new elementary school.”


The School Board will receive updates on the new elementary school throughout the duration of the project. On July 17, 2017, the Board of Trustees approved the purchase of land on Amicks Ferry Road in Chapin to be used as the site of its future elementary school. Construction on the new school began last fall when the Board approved Amendment 1 in the amount of $3,656,858, an Early Site Package to allow preliminary work to begin on the site. The Board approved Amendment 2 in December 2019, authorizing a Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP) of the new school at $22,862,497.


For more information on the district’s new elementary school in Chapin, including the presentation to the School Board on June 15, visit Information from the June 15 School Board meeting, and all other past School Board meetings this school year, can be found at Video from the June 15 meeting will be posted this week.