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Date of Issue: April 14, 2005

AME school construction on schedule

A report from W.G. Mills Inc. construction company indicates a good portion of the new Anna Maria Island Elementary is on track for completion in October.

About one-fifth of the work had been completed by the end of February, according to a report to the Manatee County School Board issued by contractor W.G. Mills of Sarasota.

By April 11, the second-floor of the building had been poured and workers were completing the concrete-block walls.

Demolition and site work began June 6, 2004, while construction on the new building didn’t begin until October 2004.

While substantial completion is set for Oct. 28, Mills states in the report to the board that the company has a total completion date set for May 8, 2006.

The exterior is scheduled to be completed Aug. 16. The interior of the first floor is expected to be finished Sept. 8 and the second floor by Jan. 6, 2006.

So far, there have been no change orders to the project with a $7.86 million price tag. Change orders typically involve unforeseen problems associated with construction and almost always involve an increase in cost.

About $500,000 has been set aside to pay for renovations to the art and music class and the school auditorium. AME school principal Kathy Hayes said she expects most of that money to pay for new air conditioning and heating units for both buildings and to remove and block in windows in the auditorium.

The art class and auditorium are not expected to be renovated until next year.