(01/15/2010)
By Bob Weaver

Calhoun Schools has received a new $935,050 grant from the state's School Building Authority to complete needed renovations at Pleasant Hill Elementary School.

The local school system will make a match of $12,500 for the repairs, making a total of $947,0550 to complete what has been described as an additional phase of PHE renovations.

News accounts of the project shows that $1.3 million has already been spent to correct problems. With the addition of the latest $947,0550, the project is costing about $2,250,000.

The original problems at the school centered on corroded and collapsed sewage lines, which involved the removal of downstairs concrete and the replacement of lines.

Frank Tetrick, Director of Supportive Services, said while correcting those problem, it was discovered that floors and foundations, mostly linked to the second floor, were structurally unsound.

"Those problems seemed to be connected with a fill that was not well compacted," Tetrick said.

Tetrick said, "This is a continuation project," so no new contracting will have to be done.

"Hopefully, the entire job will be completed by the start of the 2010-11 school year," he said.

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MAJOR REPAIRS STARTED AT PLEASANT HILL SCHOOL - Superintendent Says "We Will Make Sure It's Safe"

MAJOR REPAIRS AT PLEASANT HILL SCHOOL MOVING AHEAD - $1.6 Million Project Will Be Completed Late Summer

See Calhoun County Schools  to view minutes from this week's school board meeting.


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