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Springfield school board approves fix to construction problem

7/4/2013 - South Side Leader
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By Maria Lindsay

During a special July 1 meeting, the Springfield Local Schools Board of Education approved the purchase and installation of a device that will address the problem of floors that vibrate on the second floor of the new $42 million school for students in seventh through 12th grades under construction.

The floor problem was discovered several months ago and involved a noticeable vibration of the second floor when someone walked over it. District and construction officials have been researching a solution to the matter.

The board approved a resolution declaring an urgent necessity and waiving the competitive bidding process for the purchase of a tuned mass damper and its installation to fix the vibration.

According to Treasurer Chris Adams, the device is installed using bolts underneath the flooring and acts as a shock absorber. Adams added the device is used in buildings out West that are located under fault lines, and it will bring the current level of vibration to an acceptable level.

“We have been working on this and have fine-tuned the results until we were satisfied,” said Adams. “We are continuing to work on finding fixes to the spider cracks in the concrete, but this will be resolved quickly.”

The board adjourned into executive session during the meeting to meet with the district’s attorney regarding who will pay for the solution to the vibration problem.

Adams explained the district is “likely headed to litigation” on the matter, but the district wanted to move forward with a solution to complete the construction project.

“The goal is still to move into [the] high school during the winter break,” said Adams.

In other business, the board approved a two-year administrative contract for Brad Beun as the assistant principal for the high school. The board also agreed to hire Kevin Gorby as a teacher, pending proper licensure.

The board also heard from retired Springfield High School principal Cynthia Frola and retired high school librarian Dodi Zbuka, both of whom are seeking to be rehired in their former positions. Adams said they are likely to be rehired at the next board meeting.

The next board meeting is scheduled for July 16 at 6 p.m. at Spring Hill Junior High School, located at 660 Lessig Ave.

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