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June 1, 2014

Carroll breaks ground on wellness center

Prep work started inside for 16-month-long project

FLORA — Carroll Consolidated school board members on Friday broke ground on the school’s 16-month project to expand its pool spectator area and weight room and add additional fitness facilities, including a three-lane walking track.

Preparatory work already started inside on the $7.3 million project, where crews were tearing out old ceiling tiles and dealing with some rust. This week, the crew plans to break up the asphalt pavement where the building will be located, according to Norm Montgomery, construction manager with Envoy, the management firm hired to oversee the project.

A white line spray-painted along the east and south sides of Carroll Jr.-Sr. High School shows where the pavement will be broken up. The building for the wellness and fitness center itself will extend to about 4 feet within that line, Montgomery estimated.

The space will make room for additional seating in the pool area. Those renovations will be completed first in order to reopen the pool in time for swim season in October. Now, the pool has been drained and will be shut down over the summer.

Once the asphalt’s broken up, crews will spend June working on foundation and putting up steel. Plans are to start masonry work in July, Montgomery said.

Bonds for the project were sold in April, coming in less than expected since the school was able to receive a low rate, according to Superintendent Chris Lagoni.

The school’s good financial standing and the low interest rates available made this year a good time to start the renovations, Lagoni said. The school recently added science class space, but the last major renovation before that was in 1983.

“It’s a good time to get into it before bond rates edge up,” Lagoni said.

Reach Sarah Einselen at sarah.einselen@pharostribune.com or 574-732-5151.

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