Website Last Updated: August 18, 2014
Updates from the Superintendent of Schools
The Wells High School Renovation and Building Project:
I am pleased to announce that the Wells-Ogunquit School Committee and Selection Committee met August 5th to review General Contractor and Subcontractor Bids for the construction of Wells High School. After evaluating all bids and bid alternates, it was determined that Arthur C. Dudley Contractor · Builder, Inc. of Standish, Maine will be issued a Notice to Proceed.
The contractor will work with the design team, Lavallee Brensinger Architects of Manchester, New Hampshire, to install temporary barriers for site security before the start of school. The School Committee will finalize contract requirements with the contractor and design team, and expect to enter into contract with Arthur C. Dudley Contractor · Builder in late August. A formal ground breaking ceremony will be scheduled for late September or early October.
The Wells-Ogunquit School Committee recently approved the hire of Brad Goodale for the position of Clerk of the Works. Mr. Goodale is a York County native and graduate of Wells High School. He comes to the District with fifteen plus years of experience including the following projects: York Hospital – Construction Specialist, Oyster River High School – Owner’s Representative, York High School, York Middle School, Yarmouth High School and Yarmouth Elementary School – Clerk of the Works.
In other news:
1. The School Committee was recently briefed on the deterioration of the border fences around the district athletic fields caused by excessive and unchecked growth of the trees and vegetation along those fences. Subsequently, the District has begun a program to move the vegetation back away from the fences to avoid greater damage. We were able to make contact with a harvester to do that work at no cost to the District. Previous costs for this type of work have run into the tens of thousands of dollars for areas much smaller than what are being currently cleared on our campus. In order to ensure compliance with DEP regulations and adjacent buffering of properties, the highlighted areas that were to be maintained were provided to Town Engineer, Mike Livingston, for his review. He concurred and, in order to get as much done as we could in the limited time before school begins, gave permission to the harvester to start.
2. Field and track work are progressing on time. The final track surface has been laid and, as of this writing, will be striped either Thursday, August 7th or Friday, August 8th. The remainder of the month will be used to put the fencing back in place, clean up the entranceways, post signage, lay protective mats, stripe and equip the fields, and, most likely in September, install bleachers.
All field surfaces have been reseeded, fertilized, core and deep-tined aerated. The irrigation system is performing as designed and the approved and agreed upon watering programs have been implemented.
3. Warrior field bleachers will start installation Tuesday, August 12th. After the installation, the area will be cleaned and organized, equipped, and field striping laid out.
School Committee Retreat
Monday, August 18, 2014
8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
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