"It's exciting to see the fruits of everything coming together and to see the building going up and that we're making progress toward our goal," Paul Boyd, R-6 board vice president, said after touring the construction site.
Boyd, along with fellow board members and school administrators, were given a guided tour of the up-and-coming facility by Larry H. Core, project superintendent, and Jon Still, project manager, both of Montgomery Martin Contractors LLC.
"I had been around it, and this was the first time I'd been it, and that's a big building," Steve Borgsmiller, superintendent, said. "I was amazed at how things were moving along."
The floor slab is in place on the 33,000-plus square-foot building, and plumbing and electrical work are complete.
"Right now exterior walls are being framed, sheeted and wrapped per the plans and specs," Core said. "G&S Masonry has started laying brick on the south wall of the building, and most of the welding is complete."
Workers are typically on site from 6 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, Core said.
"These are A-class subcontractors from the area, and they are doing an excellent job and quality work," Core said.
Core said he anticipates construction will be complete by mid-December. Then it's up to the school board to decide when to move furniture into the building, he said.
"We're on schedule and under budget," board president Julie Crader Dolan said, adding she's excited about the progress of the center.
The building, which will have the latest technology, includes classrooms, biology lab, chemistry lab, locker area and student lounge space. Its color scheme includes mostly grays and blacks, Dolan said, adding the interior doors are a dark mahogany. The building will also be used as a ninth grade center.
Dolan said this school year the board will work on a long-range plan and start discussing the transition of grades 5-9 during the 2007-2008 school year.
Part of the project includes using the current junior high facility as the fifth and sixth grade center and the current middle school facility as the seventh and eighth grade center. The site of the alternative facility will be relocated to the current location of the fifth grade center.
Meanwhile, school officials encourage members of the community to drive by the construction site for a peek of the ever changing building.
"It's very, very gratifying to see the progress being made," Borgsmiller said. The community will be proud of the facility, Borgsmiller said.
"The school board members all seemed very, very excited about the quality of workmanship, the building and the look it will have," Borgsmiller said. "We knew what it looked like on a picture, and now it's real and beyond our wildest dreams."
Progress of the math and science center is periodically updated with photos available for viewing at the district's Web site: www.sikeston.k12.mo.us.