After a series of delays, District Administrator Tom Benson estimated construction for Reedsburg School District’s new transportation facility at Webb Middle School is about 90 percent complete.
Staff occupy the office part of the building containing a dispatch center, a driver’s lounge and secretary’s office.
The buses are parked in the back of the facility. Transportation Director Darrin Frye said last week was the staff’s second week in the office.
“We are fully functioning out of this office now,” Frye said. “So we have a centralized system we can watch transfer in. The buses parked are all together.”
The office is complete with internet access in the lounge and other technology. In his office, Frye, who is also the districts safety coordinator, has access to an interactive map to monitor security cameras through a TV screen.
“Before we couldn’t eyeball or see a lot of the stuff so it is going to give us overall a better working ability to better serve because we can see what’s going on,” he said.
The shop is still waiting for the green light. It will have two maintenance bays and a wash bay for cleaning and maintaining buses. Benson said installation with the roof needs to be finalized along with electrical components for the garage doors to work.
He estimated the facility could complete construction and be fully operational by the end of February.
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“That’s the hope anyway,” Benson said.
Frye said the original transportation department was behind Webb Middle School and the buses were parked where the current transportation facility sits.
After that building was flooded in late 2018, the department moved to the District Central Office, located on K Street by the high school. Having the buses and office in one area makes it more convenient as it locates the transportation department in one area, he said.
ACDI was the designer of the building while KSW Construction was the contractor.
The transportation facility is a portion of the district’s $32 million referendum.
Passed in October 2017, the referendum also included money to build the new Prairie Ridge Intermediate School, scheduled to open in 2019. The referendum also included several maintenance and safety upgrades.