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School Board receives update on construction projects

August 17, 2017

The four K-4 elementary schools will be ready for staff by next week, and work continues at Horizon Middle School West Campus to complete the main areas and south classroom wing. Brandon Lunak, assistant superintendent of finance and operations for Moorhead Area Public Schools, provided the School Board an update at the Aug. 14 board meeting.
At the new K-4 Dorothy Dodds Elementary School, landscaping work is being completed and the playground will be installed this week, Lunak said. Kitchen equipment is being installed this week, testing and balancing of mechanical systems is in process, and classroom furniture is being delivered. The bleachers are being installed in the gymnasium, the office furniture is installed, and the final cleaning is done in most areas. The parking lots will receive their final layer and be striped.
“Our goal is to get the certificate to occupy by Aug. 18,” Lunak told the board.
That is similar with the interior renovations at Robert Asp, Ellen Hopkins and S.G. Reinertsen Elementary Schools.
“All three of them are really coming together nicely,” Lunak said.
He said they hope to have the certificate of occupancy at those schools by the end of the week. Some of the Moorhead High athletic team members were moving boxes to classrooms on Monday.
At Horizon West, the south wing classrooms will receive their final cleaning this week.The major push has been to complete the terrazzo flooring in the classroom wing and main areas so it can then be sealed with polishing to be done the week of Aug. 21.
Coordination was needed to have the floors dry and rooms cleaned so furniture can be delivered to the new learning areas, Lunak said.
The cafeteria, administration wing and media center are being completed this week with the final cleaning and furniture setup to be done in those areas next week.
Lunak said the goal is to move contractors out of areas needed for the start of the school year. He credited all of the people involved for helping to make these projects happen.
The north classroom wing will be finished after school starts with the auditorium scheduled to be done by the end of the year. Horizon West students will use available space at Horizon East until the classrooms are completed.
Photo caption: Viewed from the west side, Horizon West’s media center sits between the two academic wings. The south wing is nearly complete and will be ready for students for the start of the school year.

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