The Camdenton R-III School District has two major construction projects underway at satellite elementary schools in Osage Beach and Sunrise Beach, funded by a no-tax-increase bond issue passed in April 2013.

The project

The Camdenton R-III School District has two major construction projects underway at satellite elementary schools in Osage Beach and Sunrise Beach, funded by a no-tax-increase bond issue passed in April 2013.

The new Osage Beach Elementary School (OBE) is being constructed on Nichols Rd. near Sycamore Creek Golf Course. Curtiss Manes Schulte, Inc. of Eldon is the general contractor for the 81,845 square foot two-story school.

At Highway 5 and American Legion Drive in Sunrise Beach, general contractor Bales Construction Company, Inc. of Waynesville is constructing a 59,000 square-foot single-story addition at Hurricane Deck Elementary (HDE). Along with the expansion, an existing wing of classrooms will be extensively renovated for a building approximately 75,800 square feet. The original part of the school from the 1950s will be torn down.

What's new

"You can see things starting to go vertical," said Superintendent Dr. Tim Hadfield about construction at HDE. "That's exciting when you see the block and brick starting to go up."

Masonry workers and bricklayers have been making great progress. At different spots within the construction site, you can begin to see where classrooms will be.

Plumbing has also been roughed in and tested and provisions have been made to upgrade electrical service to tie into the expansion. A major concrete pour for the hallways and classrooms in the new addition has also been done.

At OBE, construction is not quite as far along, according to Hadfield, as there was more excavation work to do at the new site.

The footings been poured and a lot of work has been done on the lower level story. The plumbing and the elevator pit is in, and the back concrete wall has been poured. Due to the terrain of the five-acre site, the lower level of the school will be built into the side of a hill to be more cost effective.

What's new

At OBE, workers are now getting more into the blocking and bricking, and the form of that building should soon start taking shape.

In June, the playground area at HDE will be moved over to where the concrete area is and rubberized material will be put in. Masonry work will continue through the summer and into early fall, according to Hadfield, with lots of block and brick work to be done. Summer will also be the prime time for renovations inside the existing classroom wing. The remodeling work will be done this summer and next summer.

Despite a rough winter, contractors for both schools have done a tremendous job of pressing through to stay on schedule, said Hadfield, and the new and improved schools are on track to open as planned for the 2015-16 school year.

As progress on the exterior of the buildings becomes more visible, school officials are also beginning to have discussions about the interiors, said Hadfield, with talks about SMART boards and their placement as well as other school equipment like chairs and desks and file cabinets.