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School Board reviews project ‘punchlist,’ looks at future improvements

Punchlist items for the school building project and next summer’s construction plans for the auditorium and parking lot are well under way, according to Business Manager Michelle Sander, who gave an update at the Glencoe-Silver Lake (GSL) School Board meeting Monday night.
“I think we’ll probably still be talking about the building project next fall yet, it seems, with all these little things we have to take care of,” said Sander.
A few noteworthy punchlist items that have been completed include the inside doors at the Lincoln Junior High entrance, the awnings in the cafeteria, part of the painting for the cafeteria ceiling (which was done over MEA break) and the installation of the divider between the GSL High School and Lincoln Elementary cafeteria, which seems to be working well so far, according to Sander.
Sander said that the rest of the ceiling pipes and the ductwork in the cafeteria will be painted over Christmas break.
Plans for next summer are to finish the auditorium, which was not touched during the school building project.
“They will be putting fire suppression in there,” said Sander. “The two upper auditorium ceilings will get demoed in there … now we want to make sure we get new lights for the whole auditorium because the lights in there are bad. We’re working on a little bit more of a thorough plan to see if there are a few more things we can get taken care of while we’ve got it demoed in the first place.”
Other potential projects for the auditorium are updating the sound system, the sound booth or possibly the dressing rooms.
Along with auditorium plans, the district also is looking into re-designing the GSL High School/Panther Field House parking lot. Sander said the district hopes to accept bids for the parking lot by February 2018.
The project would ideally work around community education in June, which would give the district a fairly short window of time to complete most of the construction. “July is kind of our window to get that done … We’re still at the mercy of the asphalt and the weather, but we’ll do our best,” said Sander.
For more from the School Board meeting, see the Nov. 15 print edition of The Chronicle.