The construction of two new schools in Hardin County School buildings continues with construction project hitting a snag.
John Stith, chief operations officer, said the new Lincoln Trail Elementary School building is set to be completed mid-October, with students possibly moving in as early as the first week of November.
The new East Hardin Middle School building is further behind.
Lincoln Trail Elementary will remain on U.S. 62, further east from the current location while East Hardin will be on New Glendale Road near the U.S. 31W Bypass. Lincoln Trail Elementary School is expected to cost $17,688,000 and East Hardin $26,112,000, with student capacities at 600 and 800, respectively.
Stith said they had trouble with the original masonry company working on East Hardin and construction fell behind mostly because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Since then, the company has been bought by a new company, Carmichael Masonry, and they’re taking over the work.
“(They) Really started to do a much better job of providing additional manpower and getting things where they should be as far as getting that building where it needs to be,” Stith said.
Stith said summer rainfall also affected construction of EHMS.
The building’s fine arts area is mostly done, and the construction has now begun on the classroom wings of the building.
Stith said they were hoping to be in the building after winter break, but that more than likely won’t happen now until around Feb. 1.
He said he feels pretty good about the February opening date, and they’ve made bigger strides the last month with the new masonry crew. However, he’s hoping October and November will stay relatively dry, and said there’s about a 50-percent chance of the school opening to staff and students in February.
Since last talking in June, Stith said there has been no major change orders issued.
“I’m excited for the students, I’m excited for the staff, because they’ve been in some pretty old buildings that don’t function very well in today’s world,” Stith said.