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Roanoke Elementary takes form

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BUILD: A Fetters Construction worker prepares to dump a load of gravel, as crews work on the foundation and west walls of the new elementary school.
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SCAFFOLDING: A pair of workers work behind a clear tarp. The crews worked through erratic February weather, including a multiple wind storms.

by Andrew Maciejewski - amaciejewski@h-ponline.com

The frame of the new Roanoke Elementary School, scheduled to be completed in time for the 2020-21 school year, is materializing, and school officials say the building is nearly on schedule.

Huntington County Community School Corporation Superintendent Randy Harris said at their board meeting in late February that crews are working to install the foundation as they build up block walls on the west side of the building. He said unfavorable weather in February set the project back a few days.

“There are a lot of days I would not want to be out there, but they are out there,” he said. “It continues to move along. We are a little bit behind. We are talking a few days here, but they weren’t unanticipated.”

Harris said a few issues have came up so far but that the construction firm on the project, Fetters Construction, along with HCCSC officials have taken extra steps to ensure they don’t become bigger issues. He said construction crews had to search for two fiber optic lines on the property to ensure that they wouldn’t be disturbed during construction.

HCCSC knew the lines ran through the property at an unidentified location, but Harris said nobody at ATT, Metronet or Verizon claimed them.

“The concern was that even though they didn’t come up on any reports for a while, we were afraid that as soon as the backhoe grabs ahold of one of those lines and cuts it, then the town of Roanoke goes dark or something,” Harris said.

Fetters Construction went above and beyond, says Harris, adding that he’s pleased with their work so far.

“I’ve been very happy with Fetters and the subcontractors that they’ve had in there so far,” he said. “We keep plugging along.”