The Bell County Board of Education held a special-called meeting at Yellow Creek School Center in Middlesboro on Wednesday.
The board heard from project managers and discussed the progress of revitalization and construction at schools in the district. Along with Yellow Creek, Bell Central and Bell County are also under construction. Project managers said all the construction at all the schools is set to be completed before school starts on the Aug. 18.
“We are proud of the project,” said Codell Construction Project Manager Blanton Coates. “We want the best for the school system and for teachers and students at Yellow Creek. We’re glad it has gone as well as it has.”
Change orders needed to finish the work at Yellow Creek were reviewed and approved. Among the issues under review for these change orders were painting, baseboard replacement and gutters destroyed by ice and snow this past winter.
The board along with the project managers and architect Roland Mueller toured the new additions. Among the new construction, Yellow Creek has new classrooms, kitchen and lunchroom. Each classroom has it’s own bathroom, and a maintenance corridor allows the classrooms to be maintained without interrupting the classes.
“Rosstarrant Architects is very excited to be apart of the building/design process,” said Architect Roland Mueller. “We consider ourselves very fortunate to be able to work with boards such as Bell County’s to create such long lasting additions, and renovations to their existing buildings.”
Mueller and Rosstarrant Architects are contracted to the construction projects at Yellow Creek, as well as those at Bell Central and Bell County.
“We are super excited to finally provide the safest, securest, state of the art classrooms that will house our preschool – first grade,” said Yellow Creek School Center Principal Barbara Warren. “We can’t wait for the students to arrive on the first day because we know how excited they will be too.”
Yellow Creek School Center has 585 preschool to eighth-grade students. Before the new addition, preschool and one of their first grade classes were housed in a mobile trailer classroom.
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