Sumter school board updated on facilities study

BY BRUCE MILLS
bruce@theitem.com
Posted 4/27/18

Sumter School District staff provided the Board of Trustees with an update on an independent consultant's facilities assessment study at two recent committee meetings held last week and this week.

The independent consultant, Cumming Corp., based …

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Sumter school board updated on facilities study

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Sumter School District staff provided the Board of Trustees with an update on an independent consultant's facilities assessment study at two recent committee meetings held last week and this week.

The independent consultant, Cumming Corp., based out of Columbia, provided the district a first phase, or interim report, for its facilities study at the end of March, according to Hamm and district Chief Financial Officer Chris Griner.

Hamm said because the district was looking into school consolidations at the time, she tasked Cumming with assessing schools to ensure whether the district could safely, or not safely - and within state guidelines - move students into particular schools.

"We wanted to ensure there were no show-stoppers in those buildings that would prevent us from doing so," Hamm said.

Two weeks ago, the board voted to close F.J. DeLaine Elementary School and Mayewood Middle School at the end of this school year. Starting next school year, F.J. DeLaine students will move to Cherryvale Elementary as part of a K-5 magnet school, and Mayewood students will attend the current R.E. Davis Elementary as part of an expanded K-8 magnet school.

Griner said Cumming will resume work next week and perform complete assessments on all the district's schools and ancillary buildings during about a five-week period.

Cumming will be prepared to present a final draft of the facilities' study to the district in early to mid-July, Griner said, and then present its final report to the full board at the end of July.

The district is paying Cumming $199,553 for the study. According to Griner, a study of this nature has never been done in the district.

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