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Work wraps up at Thomson Elementary

Construction at Thomson Elementary will probably be finished by the end of this week, education officials said Tuesday.

Facilities Manager Jim Franklin said much of this week has been spent cleaning up the campus, and he hopes that Friday will mark the end of a construction project that began earlier this year.

"The canopy and tile area has been constructed and, of course, workers have been engaged in cleanup activities," he said. "We expect to have that project released to the district hopefully by the end of the week."

That means that the improvements will be inspected for a final time by the architect and possibly even the fire marshal. If they give the green light to the new TES additions, then construction will officially be completed.

The project consists of a number of improvements to the school, including a wider front bus drive, a revamped canopy and building facade, and a new building with several new second grade classrooms.

The classroom building has been granted a certificate of occupancy, which means it's available to use right now, though TES Principal Donald Davis said that the move will occur gradually over the next few weeks.

"We will occupy those as soon as possible," he said. "We are looking forward to the completion of this process. Although it's taken longer than we anticipated for it to come to closure, we're excited about the new look that the school has, and having some more elbow room and get some people out of the closets that they're currently working in."

Construction delays have been attributed mainly to the soggy summer weather, which prevented construction workers from moving forward. The improvements were originally set for completion in mid-July, but when school opened in August, the school system had to set up an alternate route for buses and faculty to get to the building because construction had taken over much of the campus.

Officials are pleased with the additions that are on the way, most importantly a new building that will hold the four new classrooms. Dr. Davis said that the new classrooms are needed to stay in compliance with state laws regarding maximum class size.



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