By CHRISTY ARMSTRONG
Construction is progressing on the new Candy’s Creek Cherokee Elementary School being built off of Highway 60 between Paul Huff Parkway and Gregory Lane. Members of the Cleveland Board of …
Construction is progressing on the new Candy’s Creek Cherokee Elementary School being built off of Highway 60 between Paul Huff Parkway and Gregory Lane.
Members of the Cleveland Board of Education and city officials toured the construction site Monday to see the progress so far.
Hal Taylor, director of operations for the school system, showed off the site and said he is happy with how things are going now.
“Right now, we’re on schedule,” Taylor said. “The contractors are doing a good job keeping things moving.”
Candy’s Creek Cherokee Elementary School, the name of which is spelled to pay homage to a historic Cherokee school, will be a single-story building spanning some 95,700 square feet.
The building, which is being built by J&J Contractors, is set for a March 2019 completion date, with students starting classes there the following August.
The first concrete block wall is up, and the steel beams are beginning to take shape. Monday, workers were busy pouring concrete footers, working on plumbing and digging geothermal fields.
Director of Schools Dr. Russell Dyer said he was thrilled to see the progress so far, as it means the new school’s plans are quickly becoming reality.
“The biggest impact of this is that we’re going to be able to make sure we’re providing the type of education our community deserves,” Dyer said. “We’re going to see a decrease in students who are in somewhat overcrowded conditions in our elementary schools right now.”
Board members asked questions about the building’s features and what the plans are for the site. It is being designed with features like separate wings for different age groups, making it unique among some of the city’s other school school buildings.
With workers a little less than four months into construction, they said they were excited to see so much had been done.
“It is really exciting to see this, to see actual concrete on the ground and get an idea of how big it is,” said school board Chair Dawn Robinson. “It will be a good school.”
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