By Scott Harvey
Commerce – Construction at the new A.C. Williams Elementary School in Commerce was hampered a bit by last month's storms, but crews will still have time, and then some, to complete work by this fall.
The $14 million, 60,000 sq. foot structure is now 85% complete, according a progress report heard Monday from Claycomb Associates and W.B. Kibler Construction Company.
Strong winds did actually damage some mechanical units and the roof, the extent of which was unknown. That damage is currently being repaired.
The new facility, located across from the Commerce Middle School on Culver Street, will house third through fifth graders. Completion is expected prior to the beginning of the 2009-2010 school year.
Also Monday, the board gave approval to a $66,624 bid from PowerLift to replace all Commerce High School weight room equipment. The district will finance the payment through a three year lease-purchase agreement.