During Tuesday night’s meeting of the Dublin Independent School District, the board heard a report on the progress of construction of the new intermediate school. In addition, the board approved a request presented by Superintendent Roy Neff to add seven positions to the intermediate school staff.

In a report prepared by Sedalco Construction Services project manager Craig Martin, he said the halls of the school are filled with skilled professionals working on the finishing touches.

“We are about to wrap up our eighth month of construction,” Martin said. “We are still tracking to be complete by August 1.”

Masonry, utility, framing and drywall work is now finished and many other aspects of the project are nearing completion.

“The laying of carpet and vinyl composition tile will begin in about 10 days,” Martin said. “The roofing work is 95 percent complete. The fire sprinkler system is 90 percent complete.”

The main electrical work has also been finished and HVAC professionals already have many units in the facility pumping cool air through the school’s classrooms and corridors.

“Within the next week to 10 days lights should start burning throughout the building,” Martin said.

Eager faculty and staff members line up weekly to tour the new facility that will finally free them from the cumbersome quarters at the schools current location. The new school measures 50,000 square feet compared to 23,000 at the old school.

As the end of the school year nears, the search is on for a bounty of boxes to begin packing up the contents of each of the school’s classrooms, offices and common areas. Once the green light is given, intermediate employees, family, friends and a slew of local volunteers will make the trek, which measures four or five blocks from the old school to the new and begin getting things in place for the first day of school on August 25.

A couple of changes will take place across the district at the beginning of the 2008-2009 school year due to the opening of the new campus.

First, third graders will be moved from Dublin Elementary to the new intermediate school.

Secondly, the larger school will require the addition of several new positions at the campus. At the meeting, Neff asked the board to approve the addition of seven new staffers. After careful consideration, the board unanimously approved the hiring of a third grade teacher, library aide, classroom aide; special needs aide and two custodians.

In addition to the seven positions at the new school, the board also approved the hiring of two teachers at the high school and also approved the hiring of a high school science teacher and special education aide.

Meeting the additional staffing needs will cost the district an additional $182,152 per year - Neff said that there was no way around adding the nine positions.

“This is the bare bones scenario. These are the positions that will be required to effectively open and operate the new intermediate school,” Neff said. “This is the most additional staff I have ever brought to the board in 22 years.”

The positions were posted at the district’s administration office Wednesday.

Neff also said that the elementary and intermediate schools will share an assistant principal, music instructor and nurse to keep cost and staff at a minimum.