Purcell’s school board spent more time Monday evening listening to updates from Goldsby Construction than they did handling a brief agenda.

Tyler Graves, construction manager, reported weight room equipment is scheduled for installation in the new field house on June 19 and he expects the facility will be turned over to the district for move in around July 1.

That is also when the first set of bleachers should arrive at Conger Field.

Installing the west (home) side bleachers and press box will take about 2-1/2 weeks.

Once those are in, work will begin on the east side bleachers.

Crews need to start installing turf on the field by the third week of July, Graves said, adding the turf company is willing to work 16-hour days to ensure the field is ready when the football season kicks off.

“All five home games will be played here,” Graves pledged.

Work on the new junior high school is still on schedule and despite 12.49 inches of rain in May, crews have made substantial progress on both the exterior and interior.

Interior framing is complete on the east wing and workers will begin hanging sheetrock within a week.

In the west wing, the framing is 85 to 90 percent complete.

The daily crew of workers at the junior high school runs between 65 and 75, he added.

Drilling is complete on the 87 geothermal wells for the building’s heating and cooling.

Graves said each room will be on designated wells so if there is a heat or cooling issue, it will only affect that room and not the entire school.

Installation of units should be complete by June 24 and will be turned on July 1.

Superintendent Jason Midkiff reported the district’s year-end audit at the State Department of Education was Wednesday, drawing to a close “another successful school year.”

Just one month into summer break, maintenance workers are readying buildings for the 2019-20 school year which will start in August.

Midkiff said the district’s summer food program will run through July.

The program at the elementary school provides free breakfast and lunch to any child 18 years and younger, regardless where they live or attend school.

Meals are served Monday through Friday, with the exception of July 4 and 5.

Adults can also eat for a small charge.

The elementary school is also the site for the district’s Extend Summer School. It is open between breakfast and lunch.

“This is a great way for kids to extend their learning throughout the summer,” he said. “We try to make it hands-on fun learning.”

Midkiff, who resigns at the close of the fiscal year on June 30, also took the time to thank the board “for the opportunity to work here over the last three years.”

“I hope it is seen as a time of progress and growth,” he continued. “Whenever you leave, you always wonder what will happen and who will replace you. I am super excited about Dr. (Sheli) McAdoo following me here. She is an experienced and capable leader who will take this district to amazing heights and accomplish a great many things.

“I have had the opportunity to work with so many great people and I will definitely look on my time here fondly and cherish the time here through the years.”

The board awarded the district’s paper bid to Contract Paper Group Inc., for the 2019-20 school year.

In other business, the board hired three teachers for the coming school year.

They are Ashley Howell and Kerri Raper, intermediate school, and Kayla Sweeney, elementary school.

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