Wet weather has construction at Dibrell School behind schedule, but the architect still aims to have the school ready by the beginning of the coming school year. The first day of school is Aug. 15.
“The weather has not been favorable,” Paul McCall of Cockrill Design told members of the Warren County School Board following a tour of the construction site last week. “We are a month behind due to 49 weather days.”
The weather issues have been caused mainly due to rain as evidenced by pools of water which stood inside the walls of the unfinished addition during the open tour. There were 10.89 inches of official rainfall in April, according to McMinnville Water Plant figures.
However, McCall said crews have been able to make up part of the 49 weather days, leaving work only about 30 days behind. Septic work, it was pointed out, is actually ahead of schedule.
While Dibrell is behind schedule, McCall said preparations for the new Morrison School are ahead of where Dibrell was just one year ago.
“Morrison is about three months ahead of where Dibrell was at this time last year,” McCall told the board, noting bids for school construction are scheduled to go out May 19.
McCall said he expects 10 to 12 bidders once bidding is open, noting the grading package is already well under way and ahead of schedule. Planning on constructing a turning lane and widening the road at the entrance to the school site off Five Mile Road is already under way before construction on the building has even been let.