The Triton Central Middle School bus lot is on track to be ready in time for the start of the school year, Project Manager Bill Klennert told the Northwestern Consolidated school board during its July meeting on Monday.
As for the Bud Mendenhall Press Box?
Well, that’s had some delays. But Klennert remains confident that the press box will be ready in time for the start of the upcoming football and soccer seasons.
Klennert reported that construction on the bus lot, which is being designed to make it safer for bus riders, is going “extremely well.”
He anticipated construction being done in two weeks, in time for the first day of school on Aug. 3.
He credited the contractor on the project, Brad Schutte of Schutte Excavating Inc., for staying on track. That company also did the construction on the transportation building, which opened in 2018.
Construction on the press box has had a series of hurdles to overcome this summer.
“Anybody that’s in construction right now has probably felt the pain of material schedule, time and, of course for the past two weeks, the weather,” he said of the issues they have been dealing with. “We’ve faced every one of those with this project.”
The clock may be ticking on construction work on the press box, but he reassured board members that the project should be finished in time for the upcoming seasons.
“It might have paint still wet when we roll in there,” he said. “But we will have it done.”
It is structurally framed and the roofer is expected to come at the end of the week.
Triton Central is scheduled to have its annual Green and White Day, where the high school’s athletes show the progress they made in the offseason to their parents for the first time.
The football team’s scrimmage with Batesville is scheduled for Aug. 13 at home, and while the goal for the completion of the press box is that day, if nothing else the scoreboard operator will be able to operate it sitting in the bleachers.
The soccer team’s home debut is Aug. 21 against Connersville. And the football team opens its season at Cascade on Aug. 20 and plays its first home game against Greensburg on Aug. 27. The press box is expected to be ready by then.
“It’s a tighter schedule than I would have liked to have ever saw,” Klennert told the board. “It’s a problem we’re all facing in this business. But we’ll make it. We’ll make it happen.”