The school bond-funded construction at Brookings-Harbor schools has really moved into full gear, Superintendent Paul Prevenas said Monday.

Chuck Wright, superintendent for Randall Morgan Construction Co. of Smith River, watched Tuesday as workmen began digging a 28-foot hole behind Azalea Middle School near Fern Street.

The hole is part of the storm sewer drain pipe replacement that runs behind Azalea school and Brookings-Harbor High School.

The remaining pipe, which will stretch behind both schools to Easy Street, will average 12 feet deep, Wright said.

Forty-two inch diameter pipe down to 36-inch diameter high density doubled walled plastic pipe is being used to replace rotting steal corrugated pipe, he said.

Two truckloads of custom made fittings and pipe were delivered Tuesday morning. Materials for the job have come from Iowa, Salt Lake City, Seattle, and Eugene.

The city of Brookings will be responsible for replacing the pipe across Fern Street with new 48-inch pipe, Wright said.

The drain pipe project, which cost $245,767, is scheduled to be substantially completed by Aug. 20.

Prevenas said asbestos removal at the schools is 95 percent completed. He expects the workmen to wrap up the removal this week and is anxious to see flooring replaced.

Gene Peare, district maintenance supervisor, said he expects the final air sampling for the asbestos to take place Thursday and the containment to be taken down Friday.

Work will continue on replacing the flooring. Some sheet rock work is also being done, Peare said.

A shipment of wash basins for Kalmiopsis Elementary School is expected.

As soon as the district gets a guaranteed receiving date Peare predicts work to repair dry rot around the old basins will begin.

Eighteen wash basins will be pulled out and replaced with a dozen bigger ones, Peare said.

Currently there is one large basin in the boys restrooms and two smaller basins in the girls restrooms.

Motion sensors will turn on and off the water in the new basins, which will remove maintenance problems by eliminating the risk of students leaving the water on and pounding on the handles, Peare said.

Footings for a modular classroom behind the high school, which is being moved to make room for construction, will be poured today (July 11). The fittings must set for a week or 10 days, Peare said.

He expects to move the building within two weeks to its new location in the far corner of the parking lot.

The security upgrade, which involves replacing door hardware at all three schools, should be completed this fall, Peare said.

Theres never enough time, he said. We always have more work than time.

But, he said, everything is going pretty good.