MOUNT VERNON — With the first home football game just two weeks away, Mount Vernon City Schools Superintendent Bill Seder confirmed that the construction of a new stadium entrance remains on track for completion by Aug. 30.
The new, larger entrance will consist of ticket booths, restrooms and two concessions areas. As of midday Thursday, all walls were up and the roof of the structure was nearly completed, as were the interior ceilings. Crews were also wrapping up plumbing and electrical work, with some light fixtures were already in. Toilets, urinals and sinks will be installed after the interior is painted.
Most of the former chip-and-seal parking lot has been repaved with asphalt; a small portion will be paved after the completion of the adjacent field house. A total of 10 LED light poles will be installed in the parking lot.
As a tribute to the original stadium entrance, a decorative cupola has been added to the top of the structure.
The entrance is just one component of the district’s Education Gateway project, which includes the construction of a new stadium entrance, a field house and bus garage as well as the extension of Yellow Jacket Drive.
“We truly are a district under construction,” said Seder.
The field house, located directly next to the stadium entrance, will house an indoor track, wrestling and weight rooms, locker rooms and meeting rooms. Crews finished erecting the steel frame Thursday.
Seder stated that he is expecting to see concrete footers in place soon for the new transportation and maintenance building being constructed by the high school parking lot.
The Yellow Jacket Drive extension is on hold while details with the gas lines are being worked out, but the equipment and engineers are in place to begin. Seder expressed hopes that that phase of the project could begin next week.
Seder outlined the project to the district’s new teachers during an orientation session Thursday. Classes may not start until next Wednesday, but the new batch of educators got a crash course on the district with a two-hour school bus tour.
“We do the bus tour to share with our new employees the hidden gems of what our district and the city of Mount Vernon have to offer,” said Seder.
In addition to driving by each of the city’s elementary schools, the staff was also introduced to local landmarks like the square, Ariel-Foundation Park, Hiawatha Water Park and the campuses of Mount Vernon Nazarene University and Kenyon College.
“It’s amazing how big Mount Vernon actually is,” observed Rick Bridinger, an incoming middle school intervention specialist.
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