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Bobby Ray nears completion deadline
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Bobby Ray Elementary School is three weeks from the date set for completion of its expansion. 

“The tentative date, which is supposed to be the drop dead date, is Aug. 29 to be in the new building,” said Director of Schools Bobby Cox. “They’ll still have to do a lot of outside work with the parking lots and roads. We didn’t want to do that until we had all the heavy equipment off the property.” 

An update of the school’s project was given to members of the county’s Education Committee. Also given were updates on West Elementary School’s project and a project by Energy Savings Group. 

“West is moving along,” said Cox. “They’ve poured the footers there now. The project is moving forward. You can probably see from the outside they are building the elevator shaft to the building now. They are doing as much of the outside work as they can right now.”

A new cafeteria and kitchen at West will be built during the school year. The changeover and conversion of the exiting cafeteria and kitchen into a computer lab and new library will take place during the summer of 2020, says Cox. 

ESG has upgraded 10,378 light fixtures in Warren County Schools, according to an update written by ESG and presented by Cox. 

“All LED lighting is essentially complete,” said Cox. 

HVAC updates:

Middle School – All new ceilings are installed in hallways, interior duct work and wiring for new outside air units is complete, conversion to the new chiller will commence in a few weeks and the current unit will continue to operate until then, and work on the library wing will begin as soon as the new chiller is operating. 

Bobby Ray – All new HVAC units for both the first and second floor are up and running, and two new outside air units have been installed.

Irving College, Dibrell, Eastside, and West – All new rooftop units are installed and operating (except gym unit at Dibrell). The split systems at Irving College and Dibrell will be replaced on nights/weekends now that school has begun. Current units will continue to operate until then. 

Rough-in wiring is complete in all but four buildings. New thermostats are installed at seven schools.