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Orrick board tours interior of rebuilt school

Board President Art Endsley and Supintendent Aerin O’Dell discuss details of Orrick High School’s AG shop. Also pictured: Board Secretary Sandra McAfee and board members Jason Lafferty, Jeremy Greer and Roger Thomas.  (Photo by David Knopf/Richmond News)

Board President Art Endsley and Supintendent Aerin O’Dell discuss details of Orrick High School’s AG shop. Also pictured: Board Secretary Sandra McAfee and board members Jason Lafferty, Jeremy Greer and Roger Thomas. (Photo by David Knopf/Richmond News)

By David Knopf/News Editor

J.E. Dunn’s site manager for Orrick’s school construction project keeps a calendar with the days marked by sticky notes.

With the clock ticking toward the opening of school Aug. 12, the notes remind the manager what must be done each day in order to have the building ready when the bell rings.

“Our goal is to get furniture in on the fifth (of August),” Superintendent Aerin O’Dell told board members July 20. “It’s kind of ambitious, but I tell myself last year at this time we didn’t have any ceilings in here. I’m optimistic that we’ll be in everywhere but the AG shop and (AG) classrooms.”

O’Dell led board members Art Endsley, Jason Lafferty, Jeremy Greer and Roger Thomas on a tour of the building’s interior during the meeting. Paul Werle, Jennifer Jennings and Mike Arnold were absent – either on vacation, O’Dell said, or had a work conflict.

Board secretary Sandra McAfee joined the tour through the high school’s tornado-damaged wing, viewing new social studies classrooms to the right, science rooms and a lab to the left, the AG shop and an open area that will serve as a commons/study area for students.

The lab will be a shared facility for science and AG students.

Since most, if not all, the remaining work is indoors, O’Dell said J.E. Dunn wouldn’t be delayed by wet weather that caused earlier delays.

Much of the work left to complete is the finishing touches – sheet-rocking, paint, flooring and the installation of lockers. The lockers will occupy the south side of the high school hall, O’Dell said.

Board members asked construction questions that the superintendent could largely answer, even though contracting isn’t a required course for an administrator’s degree.

The complete story is in the Thursday, July 30, 2015 Richmond News.

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