Mahomet OKs moving contract for new school
MAHOMET — As construction crews continue to work on the new Middletown Prairie Elementary, Mahomet-Seymour administrators are already looking ahead to move-in day.
They're scheduled to take possession of the section of the building that houses administrative offices in mid-April, with classroom move-in set for late June or early July.
This week, the school board OK'd a contract not to exceed $24,753 with Federal Moving Company.
Chief School Business Official Trent Nuxoll said administrative staff would box up the contents of their offices and move on April 16 and 17. The moving company will transport filing cabinets and furniture, but the rest of the process will be completed in-house.
"We plan on closing our offices, putting on our jeans and doing the move," he said.
Later this summer, teachers will pack up the contents of classrooms. The moving company will transport those boxes, along with furniture and other items.
Board members expressed concern about staff doing the heavy lifting themselves during the administrative offices move.
"I would feel better if we had somebody else hauling the boxes over there," board member Max McComb said.
Superintendent Rick Johnston said it would cost an extra $6,500 for the moving company to transport the boxes, compared to about $1,700 for the furniture and filing cabinets alone.
Director of Instruction Mary Weaver, one of the administrators who will be packing up the offices, said the extra money would be better spent on technology or other resources for classrooms.
"I'd rather have the money to buy iPads and Chromebooks," she said, adding, "I don't envision it being that big of a hardship to move."