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Pool renovation at T.K. Stone delayed

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By Kelly Cantrall

A variety of problems are causing the T.K. Stone Middle School pool to remain closed longer than expected.

Renovation of the pool has extended past the expected completion date. It now is projected to be finished Dec. 16. 

Elizabethtown Independent Schools Superintendent Jon Ballard said he has reservations about the project meeting that deadline.

“If it’s done by then, I’ll be very surprised,” Ballard said.

The extension is not the result of one major issue, but what Ballard called “one unfortunate delay after the other.”

The delay hasn’t caused the need for a lot of additional materials and shouldn’t affect the cost of the project, he said. The project was estimated to cost about $3.3 million.

McNutt Construction is the contractor for the project.

Delay in arrival of materials has been an on-going issue, Ballard said.

The site of the work also caused problems. An underground clay pipe was discovered during the renovation. Clay pipes only are meant to be used in the exterior of buildings, Ballard said, so a waiver was needed to keep the pipe in its place. The project had to wait for the waiver, which eventually was obtained. That saved the district from great expense, he said.

The district’s swim team is using the indoor pool at E-Town Swim & Fitness Center. Ballard said the team might have to finish its season in those facilities. 

Kelly Cantrall can be reached at 270-505-1747 or kcantrall@thenewsenteprise.com.