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New Plum elementary school building moving forward

| Wednesday, June 26, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

The pieces are falling into place for a new elementary school in Plum.

The Plum School Board last week conducted a public hearing on the new Holiday Park Elementary School that is set to be the second new elementary building in the district in recent years.

The building is set to be constructed on the site of Adlai Stevenson Elementary School.

Students will attend classes in the former Pivik building during the construction.

The new Pivik Elementary opened last fall.

Officials are planning to spend a maximum of $13.8 million on the new building. Board members last month approved a maximum project cost of $20 million.

Also, Plum Council earlier this month approved a site plan for the new building.

Demolition of the Adlai Stevenson building is expected to be completed by Aug. 30, according to Dennis Russo, the district's representative. Construction of the new building is scheduled to start Sept. 9 and take 14 months, Russo said.

The building design has the new Pivik “prototype” or design that will be adapted to the Adlai Stevenson site, Henry Burnett III, an architect with L.R. Kimball, said during the June 20 public hearing.

The two-story, 75,000-square-foot building will have the capacity for 725 students.

Separate drop-off points and entrances for bus and car riders are planned.

First-floor highlights include a main entrance with visual and physical security control, an administration suite that monitors building access, a library/media learning center, a computer lab, a gymnasium, an art room and an elevator.

The second floor is set to have vocal music and instrumental classrooms and elevator access. Both floors will have regular classrooms. There will be more than one stairway between floors.

The district is paying for the project with a combination of money remaining from the Pivik project and funds from bond refinancing and borrowing that is expected to glean $15 million.

Kristin Sofran, Adlai Stevenson PTA president, said she is pleased to see the project moving forward.

In the meantime, Sofran is eager to move items into the former Pivik building.

“I'm anxiously anticipating getting through in the temporary building,” Sofran said. “I hope the parents stay involved.”

Karen Zapf is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8753, or kzapf@tribweb.com.

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