The Brookfield Middle School remediation project was going to be done over two years, then it was cut back to one. Now, it looks like it will be two, again, said school Supt. Toby Gibson.
That word came Dec. 14, when Gibson received a report that Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates Inc., the consultant designing the fix to the heaving issues at the school, had the plan about 95 percent complete. Officials are concerned about the cost of the fix, but also about whether it can be done in one summer, he said. Officials do not want the project to affect the normal school year timeline.
Ohio Facilities Construction Commission, the district’s partner in building the school, is seeking an additional $650,000 in state funds to cover an expected rise in costs due to inflation, Gibson said. OFCC is looking to solicit bids for the fix in February, he said.
“We’re still on track to do work this summer,” Gibson said, referring to the start of construction.
Gibson assured board members that the district has a strong voice in the planning process, will take an active role in the construction phase and that OFCC has been a good partner.
“It’s in everybody’s interest to do it one time,” he said.