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Summer improvements at two Vicksburg schools

Mike Frederick, construction manager DJ Bird, and Keevin O’Neill.

By Jef Rietsma

Vicksburg Community Schools once again took advantage of empty school buildings over the summer to catch up on construction projects.

Superintendent Keevin O’Neill said the district continues to identify and address a variety of building needs. A heavy focus was placed this summer on work at Indian Lake and Sunset Lake.

The work is being done thanks to a $17.6 million, 20-year millage request district voters approved in May 2020. The Board of Education tapped the expertise of project manager Frederick Construction and architect TowerPinkster to oversee this summer’s work.

Nearly $6 million in work was performed between the two schools.

O’Neill said the district is not disappointed with the improvements.

“I’m very pleased that all our projects were completed on time and I want to once again thank our supportive Vicksburg community for passing the 2020 bond,” O’Neill said. “The comfortable, flexible learning environments we are creating will enhance learning for all. In addition, I would like to thank our construction manager, Frederick Construction, for their efforts to ensure the quality and timeliness of our summer projects.”

Here’s a closer look at what was done this summer, starting with Indian Lake:

Total cost at Indian Lake is about $2.4 million.

Meanwhile, district officials said the scope of work at Sunset Lake is essentially the same as Indian Lake, with the addition of window and exterior-wall renovations. Assistant Superintendent Steve Goss said the work at Sunset Lake was sequenced over last summer and this summer. Total cost for the school is approximately $3.5 million.

The district is expecting about 2,700 students for the 2022-23 academic year.

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