Wright City R-II school district says work on school could resume soon

By John Rohlf, Staff Writer
Posted 9/28/23

Work on the addition to East Elementary School in Foristell could resume soon after an electric panel arrived, Wright City R-II school officials said.

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Wright City R-II school district says work on school could resume soon


The electric panel the Wright City R-II school district needs to complete their four room addition at East Elementary is expected to arrive sometime this week. 

Wright City R-II Superintendent Dr. Chris Berger confirmed Monday the electric panel was shipped last week and the district expected the panel to arrive this week. 

“The panel is shipped and we think that we’ll get the panel this week,” Berger said Monday. “They didn’t give us a date. And then once the panel arrives, we think we’re three to four weeks out.” 

Bond Architects Project Manager Erik Wilson said after they receive the panel, they still need to complete installation of ceiling tilings, HVAC and boring.

Wilson reported last month that they received notice in July that the electrical panel needed to complete the project was delayed. 

The projected completion date for East Elementary School presented at the July board meeting was Aug. 15, which was six days before the scheduled start of school. 

When completed, the four room addition will be utilized for four kindergarten rooms. The current kindergarten rooms will be utilized for art, music and two rooms for interventionists, who are currently using open spaces at East Elementary, such as the cafeteria and the meetings room. 

Even with the delay, there was not a big adjustment for East Elementary. The school is currently using space as they did last year. 

“It wasn’t that difficult to adapt to,” Berger said last month. “Of course, we have some disappointed teachers that were anxious to get in those rooms. But we’ll be ready to roll when the panel gets in and get the work to that completed.” 

Change order approved for high school project

The Wright City R-II Board of Education approved a potential change order of just under $40,000 for the Wright City High School construction project

The board approved a change order, which consisted of four potential change orders totaling $39,777.99. 

The change order includes potential change orders for additional trusses, crane remobilization, IT rack change and storefront hardware. The charge of over $8,000 for the crane remobilization was due to the delay caused by the bat survey. 

With the change order, the project’s new contract amount is still less than the original contract amount. The new contract total is $54,978,410.01. The original contract total was $55,048,000. 

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