Runnymede Elementary repairs near completion

February 13, 1994|By Anne Haddad | Anne Haddad,Sun Staff Writer

Wastewater is flowing again at Runnymede Elementary School this week, and by this time next month, it could be students and teachers doing the flushing.

This week school officials may set a date to move students and teachers into the new building by mid-March. The much-anticipated move was delayed first by bad weather interrupting construction, and last month by a freeze of the wastewater treatment plant.

The building itself has been ready since early January, and teachers have been moving in and setting up classrooms.

"Things are going well, considering the challenge we've had with the weather," said Lester Surber, supervisor of school facilities. "In fact, things are progressing very well."

"The plant is operational," he said. The contractor will be running it for about two to three weeks to ensure that it keeps working. In the meantime, the contractor and school officials will be getting the necessary permits from county and state agencies.

Dr. Surber said the 14-day notice the schools gave the contractor prompted him to rally the subcontractors to repair the damage.

He sent a letter to Triangle General Contractors of Hanover in Anne Arundel County, saying that if workers didn't make progress by the end of next week, the schools would call in another contractor to finish the job, at Triangle's expense.

The damage occurred when the ground around the tanks froze in mid-January, causing one tank to heave. That movement broke the pipes attached to the tank. The pipes bring air into the tanks to treat the raw sewage.

Runnymede was supposed to open in September, with 600 students from the closed Uniontown Elementary School and from Taneytown Elementary School.

Because of the construction delays, Runnymede students have been using the Taneytown Elementary School building.

Taneytown school children are attending classes at the nearby Northwest Middle School. They will stay at Northwest for at least another year while their school is renovated and expanded, after the Runnymede students move into their new building.

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