Work progresses on Oxford school projects

By Errol Castens/NEMS Daily Journal

OXFORD – Despite difficulties, several Oxford School District construction projects are on schedule.
Marty Ellington of Massey Construction on Tuesday assured school board members an eight-classroom addition to Della Davidson Elementary will be ready for the January opening date.
A delay in getting certain materials caused some aspects to be later than anticipated, but Ellington said built-in time margins will keep the completion on track.
“This is the most important construction tool we have,” he said, holding up a flow chart. “The completion date is no problem.”
Last week the school board awarded a $2.8 million contract to Zellner Construction to rebuild a gym and to construct eight new classrooms at Oxford Middle School in time for an August 2012 opening. Meanwhile, students are using both outdoor athletic areas and the Oxford Boys amp& Girls Club for physical education and recreation.
Board members also approved on Tuesday the addition of a two-lane roundabout on Sisk Avenue that would include a small arc of the property on which the new Oxford High School is being built. Original plans for the school called for a complete turnaround on the campus, but owners of nearby commercial land have agreed to share the cost to accommodate future development off Sisk Avenue, Interim Superintendent Brian Harvey said.
One glitch in the roundabout construction is disagreement over opening it to construction traffic after the school opens in August 2013.
“There is a potential concern about that construction traffic using the same roundabout as buses and students use to come in and out of school,” board attorney Paul Watkins said.
errol.castens@journalinc.com