Move-in date moved up for new Rawlins High School
By Trudy Balcom
RAWLINS — The class of 2016 will be the last to graduate from the old Rawlins High School building.
Construction on the new school building is ahead of schedule, assuring that the Class of 2017 will be the first to graduate from the new building.
A presentation during Thursday night’s Carbon County School District No.1 Board of Trustees workshop meeting made the case that not only would the new wing of the school building be completed on-time, but that the District could look at moving into the building about a month earlier.
CCSD1 Business Manager David Horner and RHS principal Thomas Weed, plus representatives of the contracting and architectural firms working on the $26.5 million project, told the Board of Trustees that the project could be finished in time for school staff to move into the new building in December.
The previous projected move-in date was January 2017.
Tom Stone, of AP Wyoming, a Cheyenne-based commercial contractor working on the project, said he felt confident it could be done.
“We wouldn’t present this idea if we didn’t think we could make it happen,” Stone told the board.
He said his staff could help facilitate an early move-in date by setting a move-in deadline and working backwards from that to stage the project’s completion.
Stone told the Board that he and other administrators for the project had just completed a walk-through tour of the building prior to attending the meeting, saying they were “quite surprised” that the project was so far along. In fact, Stone said portions of the building were now getting interior paint.
Weed told the board that “no moving truck is needed” to get staff into their new classrooms, because the new furniture would already be in place and technology installed.
“It’s walking down the hall with teacher’s supplies, it’s very manageable,” Weed said.
But Weed said that the last week going into winter break would be hectic with the move thrown into the mix.
“We’ll work as a team, that’s what we have to do,” Weed said, noting that students were excited about the move and could help out.
Contractors said an early move-in would help them too. Stone explained that the demolition schedule for the old building could get bogged down, with an estimated three to fives months planned for asbestos abatement, which must be completed prior to demolition.
“We want to get out of the project in 2017. Otherwise we might not get out until 2018,” Stone said.
The Board seemed satisfied with the updated project completion timeline.
“You guys are the experts, I think we are in great hands,” said Board Chairman Mike Mann.
New life for old desks?
“Once the old high school closes, you become the proud owners of 200 used desks.”
That’s what CCSD1 Business Manager David Horner told the CCSD1 Board of Trustees — noting that there was no market for such desks in Wyoming due to the number of new schools constructed in the state over the past few years.
Principal Thomas Weed, Horner said, had an idea to keep the desks from heading to the landfill — send them to school in Mexico.
“There’s a huge need for this stuff in Mexico,” Horner said.
Horner asked the Board for permission to investigate the cost of buying or leasing shipping containers in which the desks could be stored, out of the way of demolition.
Horner was not asking the Board to bear the cost of shipping the desks to Mexico. He said that he and Weed would try to find donors to cover that cost.
Prior to becoming principal at RHS, Weed was formerly employed at a school in Monterey, Mexico.