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HLV teachers, students looking forward to trying new HLV school on for size

By Nick Narigon

From left, HLV School Board members Jeff Cheney, Denny Jack, Maria Hawkins and Laurel Hollopeter and Victor Economic Development Committee Chair Dr. Leonard Seda visit the new science lab Wednesday, Aug. 12.

Students in the HLV School District will walk into a brand new school for the first day of class Aug. 26, even though they will attend class in the same building.

Over the summer, the HLV school building underwent a school makeover. The construction project included the addition of a 126-foot x 113-foot multiuse room to the west of the current gym, the installation of a pass-through elevator to tie the building together, additional office space and classrooms, a new board room, superintendent’s office and reception room.

The school also has a brand new library and technology room that will have multiple computers for students to use, as well as a brand new science lab. In the new west wing where the new

gym is being built, there is also a new weight room and a community room that will be available for the public to use.

Garling Construction built the new additions, with HLV grad Dale DeMeulenaere acting as the construction supervisor.

Books and equipment were moved into the new library Monday, Aug. 17, and the classroom equipment was moved in Tuesday, Aug. 18.

The architects are reviewing punch list items and a cleaning service will clean the school from top to bottom.

Construction is running a bit behind schedule, but HLV Superintendent Bill Lynch said everything will be ready for the first day of school.

"They have made a lot of progress. You can see a change every day,” Lynch said. “It looks wonderful.”

The landscaping will be done after school starts, he said. Also, the two houses west of the school will be demolished after school starts and a parking lot will be built in their place. HLV School Board President Laurel Hollopeter said at the Aug. 12 board meeting that he is concerned that teachers do not have a whole lot of time to move into classrooms.

“Some of the teachers are getting antsy,” he said.

Change orders

The HLV School Board approved 10 change orders for the construction project Aug. 12.

The change orders include:

• A change order in the amount of $415 to provide for an additional chase wall around the return air duct in the original building.

• A change order in the amount of $505 to provide for removal and reinstallation of street gutter and curb west of the new gym.

• A change order in the amount of $593 to remove areas of plaster on the third level of the original building.

• A change order in the amount of $743 to install new wall in the corridor north of the new science room.

• A change order in the amount of $1,036 for different adhesive for floor tile and carpet.

• A change order in the amount of $2,439 to modify duct work and piping in the elementary building.

• A change order in the amount of $3,101 for revised ceiling over the ramp area in the 1963 addition.

• A change order in the amount of $3,675 for modifications to the telecommunications system.

• A change order in the amount of $4,530 to provide for new wall assembly and plaster patching around window jams in northeast and southeast classrooms on the third floor of the original building.

• A change order in the amount of $4,757 to add provisions for technology connections and for the installation of phones in the new library, technology room and science room.

Alternative program

The HLV School District and the Belle Plaine School District plan to share an alternative learning program for students having difficulty in school.

The HLV School Board approved the plan at its Aug. 12 meeting and the Belle Plaine School Board will consider the program at its meeting this week.

The program will be housed in the Belle Plaine School District with staff costs shared between the school districts.

“The bottom line is two schools will share the cost of one program, one teacher,” said Bill Lynch, the superintendent for both the HLV and BP school districts.

The program is for high school students, grades 10-12, who have difficulty in the traditional high school format, he said.

The program will be offered in the morning. The program should be up and running around Oct. 1. Eventually, a workstudy component of the program will be developed, said Lynch. HLV Principal John Long said an administrative team will be put together to make student referrals to the program.

Students and parents can also make self-referrals, he said.

“The program will be tailored to meet the needs of each student,” Long said.

There are two or three students in the HLV School District that would benefit from the program, and the program will start with a total of about 10 students, he said.

HLV School Board member Jeff Cheney said the program should be a benefit to the school district, adding that the school districts will split the cost of the program evenly no matter how many students are participating from each school.

Student construction project Instead of building a new house this

school year, the HLV 2009-2010 tech IV class will undertake two projects on school property.

HLV Superintendent Bill Lynch reported at the Aug. 12 school board meeting that the tech IV class will build a garage for the school and restrooms for the athletic field.

The garage will be built on the property the school district purchased from Roger and Cindy Evans, Lynch said.

The garage will be built with materials taken from the garage that was located south of the administrative service center.

Lynch said the garage will be rebuilt rather than moved to allow the school to rebuild the garage to the exact width to enable the school to put in new rafters.

The class will also build restrooms that will be attached to the north end of the building a the HLV athletic field the students constructed last year.

UPDATED August 18, 2009 1:45 PM

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