Residents will be able to watch construction progress on new JCHS online

USD 475 Chief Operating Officer David Wild discusses construction plans for the new Junction City High School with school district, Geary County and Junction City officials at the C.L. Hoover Opera House.

Officials from Geary County, Junction City and Unified School District 475 met this week to discuss upcoming initiatives related to the construction of the new Junction City High School.

USD 475 Chief Operating Officer David Wild presented plans for the facility. The new school will be built on the west side of Junction City, north of Kansas Highway 18 on a 160-acre tract of land. Hutton Construction recently distributed a bid package — work is estimated to cost $3 million — for earth work to be done at the site. The deadline for proposals from contractors is Friday.

“A guaranteed maximum price is scheduled to be presented to the board Feb. 18,” Wild said.

If USD 475 board members approve a proposal, a contract for the work could be awarded. If that occurs, Wild said equipment will be mobilized at the site on Feb. 25. Earth work would begin there in early March.

USD 475 board President Tom Brungardt asked if cameras would be installed at the site so community members could follow construction progress online.

“There will be some type of internet access so people can see what’s going on,” Wild said. “Hutton will have a drone flying out there scanning the construction site.”

Completion of the super structure — the school — is expected to occur in February or March 2021, Wild said. The facility would open in August 2021.

Some road improvements are planned for the area, and Geary County Commissioner Charles Stimatze asked about the timeline for paving Munson Road. Wild said paving would occur after construction, which Stimatze approved of.

“Yeah, we don’t want to tear that up,” Wild said.

Wild also discussed the upcoming vendor fair, which will provide networking opportunities for local businesses regarding project-related initiatives. The fair will be held March 8 at Junction City Middle School, and the district will partner with the Small Business Administration to host it.

“The SBA will be there to assist with small businesses that have questions, and will help us market the event,” Wild said.

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