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March 17, 2013

No tardy slip for construction

KPS ‘going to be a beautiful school,’ says project’s clerk of the works

KEYSER, W.Va. — The construction of the new Keyser Primary School is on schedule, said Alan Shirley,  clerk of the works for the project during the board of education’s tour of the building on Saturday.

About 70 construction workers are working toward an October completion date.

“You are making great progress,” said Terry LaRue, board member.

The construction of the school is being completed in four sections, according to Shirley.   

“Construction is going well, it’s going to be a beautiful school,” said Shirley.

The building boasts such features as a 496-foot hallway that will contain lockers and eight skylights.

Each  pre-kindergarten and first grade will have their own bathroom. The building also features a music room complete with acoustic paneling and an instrument room.  

In September, the board approved a change order to increase the entrance road from two to three lanes to help create a more efficient flow of traffic. 

The road will extend out toward Keyser Primary Middle School, according to Shirley. 

The board also previously approved a change order to increase the square footage of the school by adding space to the gym. The gym is 110 feet long with a 31-foot high ceiling, according to Shirley.  

Construction on the $13.5 million primary school began on June 11.

The design of the school includes 31 full-size classrooms, which include general education, art and music and two special education classrooms; five medium-size classrooms, which include two computer labs and three special education classrooms; and nine small, instructional spaces for speech, special education, occupational therapy/physical therapy and Title I.

The new school will house grades prekindergarten through four.

The existing Keyser Primary Middle School will be renovated into a dedicated middle school for fifth through eighth grade.

A Qualified Zone Academy Bonds agreement will fund $4 million of the $13.5 million project, with the remaining $8.8 million coming from the state’s School Building Authority and $1.2 million from the school system.

Contact Elaine Blaisdell at eblaisdell@times-news.com.

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