The Mooresville Graded School District Board of Education broke ground Tuesday on two renovation projects that will add new kitchens, gym space and heating and air systems at South and Park View elementary schools.
Speaking first from South Elementary School, Superintendent Stephen Mauney thanked members of the local community for their continued support of the MGSD. “That’s going to make some of these additions and renovations that are much needed possible so that we can continue to provide safe, healthy learning environments for our kids and our staff that will meet the academic, physical, social and emotional needs of everyone,” Mauney said.
The $19 million project scope includes adding an approximately 13,000 square-foot gymnatorium at each school with updates to the heating, ventilation and air conditioning equipment system and kitchen renovations. Other improvements include restructuring the playgrounds at Park View and parking and site traffic at South.
The renovation work at Park View has been a “project that has been in the works for many years,” Mauney said, speaking from the elementary school during the second groundbreaking ceremony. “This is a great day as we start to realize those plans as they come to fruition.”
South Elementary students Amani Huntley, Tommy McFarland and Joel Stowers and Park View Elementary students Solomon Harris, Christian Yanok, Nariah Shields and Baylee Boschini helped break ground at their respective schools.
The ceremonial turning of the dirt comes after the board of education learned in March the price of the two renovation projects had increased by $3.2 million from its initial estimate due to COVID-19-related global production price increases and supply chain issues.
The board was faced with scaling back the scope of the projects or finding another funding source. Ultimately, the board voted to move forward with the revised $19.2 million project bid pending the ability of the district to gather additional affordable funding. In April, the Local Government Commission, a division of the N.C. State Treasurer, approved an installment purchase agreement with BB&T Bank for the district to borrow the additional funds.
The district selected Performance Services to serve as the project’s design-builder with team partners McMillan Pazdan Smith Architecture leading the design and G.L. Wilson Building Company serving as the general trades’ construction partner.
The target project completion date is September 2022.