Demolition starts next week at old Bellville school

Carpet the Corral fundraising a success; turf work not far away

CLEAR FORK VALLEY – Final days for the old elementary school buildings in Butler and Bellville are approaching.

The firm which is handling demolition will be preparing the area at the Bellville building this week. Staging for demolition will be on the building’s front lawn. The following Monday, March 25, is the day demolition will start.

Clear Fork Valley school board members talked about the upcoming events at a recent work session.

After the Bellville building is demolished, the company doing demolition will move to the Butler building. After that structure is gone, the effort will move to the Hines Avenue building in Bellville.

The first activity at organizing demolition is to bring in a giant crane, which will be stationed on the front lawn, according to superintendent Janice Wyckoff.

Asbestos abatement has been ongoing at all buildings. It is completed in the Bellville building, has started in Butler and will occur later at the Hines Avenue building.

All buildings were discovered to have asbestos, which must be controlled before demolition can begin.

District offices will move temporarily to the new Clear Fork elementary building in Butler in the fiscal services area. Then they will move to the transportation offices in Bellville. No date has been set for those moves.

The top of the annex building in Bellville is being remodeled to hold district offices.

Playground equipment, on order, has begun to arrive. When ground is no longer frozen, those pieces will be installed, said Wyckoff.

Things are on track for the building project to be completed before school starts for the 2019-2020 school year. The project also is on budget, said Wyckoff.

The Clear Fork Athletic Boosters have raised enough money for a turf project, according to Wyckoff. This will be to put artificial turf on the football field.

This project will begin in May and be completed by early August.

The start and end times for school for now are going to remain the same.

The asbestos abatement is continuing at the Butler building, has started in the Hines Avenue Building and has been completed at the Bellville building. Staging for the demolition of the Bellville building is slated to begin March 18th on the front lawn. Demolition of the Bellville building is to start on March 25th. After the Bellville building is down that the crew will move on to the Butler building followed by the Hines Avenue building. The district offices will be moved temporarily to the New Clear Fork Elementary building in Butler (fiscal services) and to the Clear Fork Valley Transportation building (administrative services). No date has been set for the temporary move. The top of the Bellville annex building is being remodels slightly to make a place for district offices. The playground equipment is on order and some of it is in. Once the ground becomes less frozen the equipment will be begin to be erected. The building project os on track to be fully completed before school starts for the 2019-20 school year and on budget.
Carpet the Corral fundraising a success; turf work not far away


By Louise Swartzwalder

Bellville Star