Wright City

Work at Wright City elementary school expected to be done just before kids return

By John Rohlf, Staff Writer
Posted 8/2/23

The building is expected to be ready Aug. 15 ahead of the first day of school on Aug. 21.

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Work at Wright City elementary school expected to be done just before kids return


The four-room addition to East Elementary in Wright City is expected to be completed prior to the start of the upcoming school year. 

Erik Wilson of Bond Architects anticipated work being completed right around Aug. 15. This would  provide teachers in the four rooms less than a week to move into their classrooms before the first day of school, which is slated for Aug. 21. 

Wilson said at a later date they will go through and make a punch list to review work done at the elementary school. They will also provide recommendations for things that need to be addressed, cleaned up and finished, according to Wilson. 

Due to time constraints with the completion date and the start of school, the plan is for furniture to already be in the building prior to the completion of the check of the construction. 

“We like to do our punch before we move furniture in but sometimes they overlap,” Wilson said. “We just have to be careful. This one is not as concerning because we don’t have a lot of drywall to ding or scrape up. But it’ll be around that date.”

Wright City R-II Board of Education President Austin Jones referenced the $29,000 change order the Board of Education previously approved  for this project that the district had to pay to install electrical conduits after they found they were not part of the original building. He asked if the review by Bond Architects will prevent a similar situation from happening in the future. 

Wilson said their plan for any project is to get markups from the contractor and update as they go. He added they update anything that is on the markups that is not in their model. They use this information to recreate PDF drawings to provide to the district. 

“It should cover everything that we’re aware of,” Wilson said. “We’re not on site every day so they can do something that we don’t see but it should all be there. And they really haven’t moved much in the process … We had a couple walls that moved slightly but everything’s where it’s supposed to be.”

Wilson said recent progress at East Elementary includes recent installation of windows for the four rooms. The flooring is going in and painting is going on, Wilson said last week. 

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