School board receives construction update from Skillman Corp.


By Noah Alatza

The Westfield Washington Board of School Trustees met Dec. 11 for the final time of the year. The next meeting is set for Jan. 15 at the Washington Woods Community Room, 17950 Grassy Branch Rd. For more, visit

What happened: The board received a school construction update from contractor Skillman Corp.

What it means: Skillman Corp. Vice President Victor Landfair provided the Board of School Trustees with the latest construction updates to WWS schools. A $90 million construction referendum was approved by voters in May 2017. 

Westfield Intermediate School

Within the next 30 days, structural steel construction, erection for classroom additions and added steel detailing and installation of decking will be complete. Masonry walls on the multi-purpose instructional facility addition and preparing grade for the remaining concrete slabs will be finalized.

To date, $2,057,822 of work has been complete out of $10,702,682 in contracts. Construction is one-third of the way complete with seven out of the 21 months completed.

Westfield Middle School

The exterior masonry is 85 percent complete. The concrete slab floor of the gym has been completed and installation of PVC roofing has begun. Other additions include the above-slab plumbing for locker rooms and duct work. Walls have been removed at the north and east side elevations of the gym. New office renovation also is under way. A ceiling grid has been completed.

Exterior masonry walls at the gym will be complete within the next 30 days. Duct work will continue with installation of interior masonry walls for locker rooms and completion of the roof. The old WMS pool will be covered with an interior foundation and a backfill of the existing pool site. Framing will begin on the south and north walls.

A total of $4,388,140 of work has been completed out of $15,434,645 in contracts. Construction is one-third complete of the 21-month project.

Westfield High School

Landfair said it will take an additional four to five more months for the high school to see any visible exterior work.

Construction crews have completed a new gas main reroute, completing the stripping of topsoil for new storm pipe relocations and have continued tree protection and removal. Within the next 30 days, Landfair said workers will complete a new water main reroute, a 36-inch storm pipe structure and continue the building pad.

A total of $1,007,535 of work has been complete out of $30,538,917 in contracts for the 28-month project.

What happened: Supt. Sherry Grate honored two WWS Board of School Trustee members who will depart at the end of the year.

What it means: Dan Degnan has served as a trustee since 2014 and as president of the board since the beginning of the year. Degnan lost his re-election bid for his District 4 seat to former treasurer of Westfield Youth Sports, Inc. Rebecca Ogle in the November elections.

The other trustee, Mary SeRine, did not seek re-election for her District 2 seat in which William Anderson won by a less than 2 percent margin against Thomas Lunsford. The new trustees will begin their terms in January.

Grate recognized SeRine and Degnan for their service.

“We know that officially this will be their last meeting and we are so grateful for their time and years of service given to the board,” Grate said. “We hope you will stay engaged with (the board.)”

Grate presented the members with an award for their work.

“I absolutely appreciate the privilege of serving on the school board and meeting administrators and teachers,” Degnan said. “Thank you for the opportunity.”

Serine said it has been her honor and privilege to serve on the school board.

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