MT makes progress on new high school


Current school expected to be closed Dec. 14

By Martin Graham - mgraham@record-herald.com



The auditorium in mid-construction.

The auditorium in mid-construction.


The gymnasium floor as it was being installed.


Miami Trace Local Schools Business Manager Bill Franke recently gave an update on the new high school construction project. These photos — shared on the Miami Trace Local School District Facebook page Oct. 5 — show just how much progress has been made. Pictured is a portion of the main lobby.


Miami Trace Local Schools provided an update on the new high school construction project during a board of education meeting Monday and on its website.

In the online update — which can be found at www.miamitrace.k12.oh.us on the home page — Miami Trace Local Schools Business Manager Bill Franke gave a brief description of the state of the building and project. According to the update, due to the size of the building, there are some areas of the facility that are nearly finished while other areas are still “active construction areas.” Carpet, ceramic and rubber flooring have been installed in much of the building, and final painting of walls and trim continues to see progress.

“Interior doors are being installed. Technology systems are beginning to come online. Gym equipment is being installed in the gymnasium. On the exterior, the crews are working to install the roofing trim, gutters, fascia, soffit, and metal wall panels,” the update reads.

As weather continues to cool down into fall, the site contractor will soon begin work to complete the top layer of pavement and to final grade the site, allowing the landscaping team to install landscape plantings, trees, grass seed and sod. Currently, the new furniture move-in is expected to begin next week and the whole project is expected to be “substantially completed” by the middle of November.

“However, there will still be ongoing work related to corrective work that may be needed, technology systems start-up and training, and district move-in,” the update reads. “At this time, the plan is to close the old high school at the end of the school day on Friday, December 14. The moving process into the new school will begin on Monday, December 17 and should take two to three days to complete. In mid-January the district will hold a ‘contents auction’ for items for the old high school that were not needed in the new school. Stay tuned for more information regarding this event.”

Finally, according to the update, no one related to the project currently foresees any problem that could delay the opening in January of next year.

“No change to that move-in date, though it might be a little tighter than what we would have liked,” Franke said during the Miami Trace Board of Education meeting on Monday evening. “We are going to be fine. It looks like it will be a long couple of months, but we are going to get there.”

For more information contact Bill Franke, Miami Trace Local Schools Business Manager, at (740) 335-3010 or email Franke at bfranke@mtpanthers.org. The information in this article was provided by Miami Trace Local Schools.

Reach Martin Graham at (740) 313-0351 or on Twitter @MartiTheNewsGuy.

The auditorium in mid-construction.
https://www.recordherald.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/27/2018/10/web1_Auditorium.jpgThe auditorium in mid-construction.

The gymnasium floor as it was being installed.
https://www.recordherald.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/27/2018/10/web1_GymFloor.jpgThe gymnasium floor as it was being installed.

Miami Trace Local Schools Business Manager Bill Franke recently gave an update on the new high school construction project. These photos — shared on the Miami Trace Local School District Facebook page Oct. 5 — show just how much progress has been made. Pictured is a portion of the main lobby.
https://www.recordherald.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/27/2018/10/web1_MainLobby.jpgMiami Trace Local Schools Business Manager Bill Franke recently gave an update on the new high school construction project. These photos — shared on the Miami Trace Local School District Facebook page Oct. 5 — show just how much progress has been made. Pictured is a portion of the main lobby.
Current school expected to be closed Dec. 14

By Martin Graham

mgraham@record-herald.com