CAPAC — Contractors are deep into a series of bond projects on Capac Schools' grounds already this summer. Last May, voters renewed a 20 year proposal worth $5.8 million.
Most of the work started June 18 and, as of last week, Rob Proper, project manager with E. Gilbert & Sons Inc., said they were making good progress.
Proper said work in the elementary school has included the removal of old and placement of new boilers and the installation of new ceilings. He noted they are working with an architect to resolve suspected leaks that caused the ceiling damage.
Various concrete work on the school's sidewalks and curbs was completed outside of the Jr./Sr. High School last week. Paving projects will be ongoing through the month of July. photo by Maria Brown.
New boilers have also been set in place at the high school and the transformation of one wing into new central administration offices is underway. Once roofers are done at the elementary school, they'll move on to the high school.
As of last week, the high school's student parking lot had been milled and paving should be done by late this week. Proper said they'll wait to do any parking lot work around the elementary school until after a mid-July softball tournament. Concrete work on sidewalks and curbs is also underway in an effort to improve safety.
Other projects due to be complete this summer include various technology upgrades, a new electrical panel in the high school, installation of a new sign at the softball field and demolition of the current administration building and adjacent house and garage located at Glassford St. and Kempf Ct. after Central Office Staff are able to move into new offices in the north wing of the high school.
Administrators said previously the office building had structural issues that were too costly to repair. After demolition, the corner lot will become a green space.
Maria Brown joined the Tri-City Times staff in 2003, the same year she earned a bachelor's degree in English from Calvin College. Born and raised in Imlay City, she and her family reside in the Capac area where she enjoys gardening and reading.