School repairs on schedule

MEEKER I The Meeker Board of Education received a positive update on the repairs on the new elementary school, heard positive comments on their winter sports coaches from parents and accepted a $50,000 settlement agreement from Terracon Geotechnical Services at its meeting Tuesday last.

Repairs begin on school

Travis Huppert, the on-site superintendent for The Neenan Company, points out some of the preparations made at the school to Meeker superintendent of schools Susan Goettel and Meeker Elementary School principal Jason Hightower. The Neenan Company started the repair work Wednesday and expect them to be completed by July 2012. A presentation of the completed and approved reconstruction plans for the Meeker Elementary School will be given at the regular school board meeting Tuesday Feb. 7, in the high school cafeteria at 7 p.m.

MEEKER I A special meeting was called Monday, Jan. 30 for superintendent Susan Goettel to inform the board that the addendum had been negotiated and a draft budget prepared by Jim West of Vanir (the Meeker School District’s owner’s representative), including the additional cost to the district.

Plans ready but not numbers

Travis Huppert, who will be the superintendent on-site for The Neenan Company while repairs are under way at the elementary school; Mike Daley of The Neenan Company; Wayne Muir of SCI, Inc., the company who designed the repairs; Andy Stewart of Vanir, the school district’s owner’s representative; and school superintendent Susan Goettel were all in attendance at the school board meeting Tuesday. Demolition will begin on the first-floor ceiling but repairs will not begin until addenda to the contract have been agreed to by all parties, which should be by the Feb. 7 board meeting.

MEEKER I The plans are complete, calculations have been made and the state considers the permit in place to be valid but the cost of repairs and how much will be the responsibility of The Neenan Company and how much will be shouldered by the Meeker School District have not been reconciled.

Board approves preparations

MEEKER I “We’re getting closer,” said Meeker School Superintendent Susan Goettel about the repairs needed at the new elementary school building.

Schools affected statewide

phmes sign

MEEKER I One of Meeker’s biggest 2011 stories had a ripple effect on schools across the state. Built in 2010, the $18 million Meeker Elementary School was closed to students and staff in August 2011 over concerns about structural safety.

Repairs on MES to start in 2012

MEEKER I “All things considered, we feel this is good news,” Wayne Muir of Structural Consultants Inc. (SCI) said after he and Frank Bumgarner presented an engineering report to the Meeker School Board about the planned repairs at the Meeker Elementary School building.

Letter to the Editor: Apology from Neenan

Dear Editor: I am deeply disappointed and concerned about the structural engineering issues at Meeker Elementary School. I personally apologize to the Meeker community, students and parents for putting you in this position.

Safety concerns prompt closure of new school

The “Do Not Enter” sign at the Meeker Elementary School now applies to students and staff until repairs can be made and safety assured. The Meeker school board directed superintendent Susan Goettel to remove students from the building and modify the 2011-2012 school calendar after structural concerns from an independent review of the building by Structural Consultants Inc., of Denver, raised safety concerns. School will start Sept. 6, 2011 in Meeker but where elementary school students will attend class, is yet to be determined.

MEEKER I Seven weeks after dedicating the new $18 million elementary school built by The Neenan Company, safety concerns about movement of the east wall of the gymnasium forced the closure of the gymnasium from Oct. 6 to Nov. 9 last fall. Now, after an independent review of the new building, school board members made […]