Poor weather for building in recent months has delayed completion of a new Alexandria Middle School, a Calhoun County Schools official said Tuesday.
Officials hoped students and teachers would move into the nearly $17 million school in January, but maintenance supervisor Dee Ingram said an opening by mid-March is more likely.
“We had just set a really optimistic date,” Ingram said by phone.
Construction in Alexandria is the biggest of four projects underway now within the Calhoun County School System. Ingram said that even with the middle school delay, each of the projects is progressing well.
The projects — including multimillion-dollar plans to remake high schools in Saks, Weaver and Wellborn — were funded with a more than $50 million loan the county Board of Education sought in 2016.
Even a March opening date for Alexandria’s new school is somewhat optimistic, Ingram said, with the start of winter and potentially rainier weather. Georgia-based RA-LIN and Associates won the contract to build the school.
He hopes, though, that the move from the old building into the new will happen quickly — perhaps in one day. The new school will be completely furnished, he said, needing only the move of students, teachers and their materials to be operational.
Meanwhile, work progresses on Walter Wellborn High School by crews with Hale Building Company, Ingram said, with an estimated completion date in mid- to late April.
That project is completed in phases, he said, as the nearly $6 million school makeover requires teachers and students to move classrooms.
A major renovation of Saks High School by Eugene Turner General Contractor, Ingram said, is ahead of schedule. The $9 million project is expected to be done by this time next year, he said.
Weaver High School is the site of the most dramatic renovation to any of the system’s schools currently underway, with Boatner Construction Company of Rainbow City performing the work.
Ingram said the $12 million project has just started, with work focused around adding an elevator to the building. The project will take more than two years to finish, he said, and has been slowed by recent months’ weather.