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Construction delayed on Mountain View gym

POSTED July 31, 2009 11:05 p.m.
The new gym at Mountain View Middle School will be opening a few months later than expected. Students and community members will have to wait until December to use the new facilities, two months later than the expected October opening.
Superintendent of Chatom Union School District Jack Mayor said that the unexpected construction delays slowed the project down a bit. The school board was not surprised by the delay, as they are typical in any construction  project.
District board members got a full update on the project at Wednesday’s special board meeting. Included in that update was a summary of revenue that will fund the project. Chatom Union School District funded the entire multipurpose building project and some other district building projects using a $5 million bond. Jim Henry, Chatom district business advisor, said that this was the first time the district had sold bonds to fund a project since Chatom Elementary School was built.
As of June 30, the funds had accrued over $135,000 in interest. Of the original $5 million, about $2 million has been spent on consultation, architect fees, construction and other costs. According to Henry, there will be money left over from the original bond once the Mountain View gym is complete, and that money will be used for other building projects within the district including roofing repairs.
The parking lot, Leach Field, and the playground area have all been undergoing repairs over the summer. They are expected to be completed by Aug. 14 for the annual “round up” for students and parents.
The Mountain View gym will be open for community use as well as for school functions. Board members discussed at Wednesday’s meeting how they would cover the expense of after-hours use of the facility. The possibility of setting a fee schedule to help cover the cost of electricity and to pay a district staff member to stay and lock the gym after use was offered for discussion. No decision was made at the meeting, but the possibility of a fee schedule will be discussed again at a future board meeting.
To contact Andrea Goodwin, e-mail agoodwin@turlockjournal.com or call 634-9141 ext. 2003.
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