Construction continues to move forward at both the McPherson High School Career Technical building and at Washington Elementary School.
The Washington project, especially, had caused some concerns that parts weren't going to be done in time for school to start Aug. 13, as a permit for a parking lot and sidewalk egress from the City of McPherson was being held up and preventing work from being done.
USD 418 Director of Operations Sheldon Anderson reported to the Board of Education Monday that permit was finally issued after the July 9 board meeting.
“That next day, we got the permit from the city to do the demolition on their area,” Anderson said. “And then we got the final drawing that got to the dirt workers. They started last Thursday getting all the old concrete debris away from that site. Their still working there with their equipment. They're moving even more equipment [Monday] afternoon to finish getting the grading, the final grading, the cutting of the site and everything.”
Anderson said the next step will be getting in contact with the concrete contractor to get the sidewalks poured.
“The parking lot part of it probably, if the weather holds out, we may have it ready in two weeks,” Anderson said. “But then, we couldn't drive on it. We're probably not anticipating that being done in time for school. The all the playground circle area and the sidewalk area so we can get an egress and get an occupancy permit from the city, we're anticipating that to be complete.”