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SCHOOL PROJECT MAY BE COMPLETE BY FALL OF 2000

The building project at Persell Middle School, part of the city school district's $54 million capital improvement plan, is running ahead of schedule.

Eugene Ingersoll, capital projects coordinator for the Jamestown District, told the School Board Tuesday night the playing field could be ready as soon as the 2000-01 school year. It is hard to believe, he added, that the contract was signed just before school began.

"In our scheduling meetings, we've known that the seeding would have to follow in the spring," he said. "So right now, (the contractor) is six or seven weeks ahead of schedule, but of course, it's weather dependent. We've had a gorgeous September; if we have a great October, you'll see a lot of work done out there."

If the sod is laid by spring, he said the field will be ready by next fall.

School Superintendent Raymond Fashano commended contractor Steve Lindstrom and Lakeshore Paving.

"He's done a wonderful job," Fashano said. "He got the contract signed about five days before school started, so he's been in a hectic position trying to get driveways torn up and temporary parking established before staff got here. He's been able to accomplish that, and as you can see outside, he's done a wonderful job."

The School Board also accepted a gift of more than $30,000 from the Ring Elementary School PTA for a new playground.

Business Manager Dale Weatherlow said the organization raised the money through contributions and fund drives.

"They have received those funds, and they have now donated those to the school, so we'll issue the purchase order on it," Weatherlow said. "We'll obviously take on the liability on the installation, and the future liability of that playground."

He said the new playground will replace an older one that has fallen into disrepair.

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