by Keith Beebe
KANELANDâ€”The Kaneland School Board on Monday assessed the progress of District 302â€™s summer construction projects, including a new roof for the high school, whose construction has been delayed because of frequent rain.
The roof is 60 percent complete and is set to be finished by Monday, Aug. 19, Kaneland Assistant Superintendent for Business Julie-Ann Fuchs said. Construction on the roof has been delayed at times this summer because of excessive rainfall.
The air conditioning in Kaneland High School is projected to be fully operating again about a week after the roof is completed, which also is when school is set to start.
â€œItâ€™s going to be close (to when classes resume),â€ Fuchs said. â€œIf, for some reason, we get another couple of rain days here, that delays the progress of the roof, so we all need to be prepared for the first week of school, (because the air) may or may not actually be working.â€
The significant rainfall from last weekend also caused the roof to leak, damaging some of the high school carpeting to the extent that it may need to be replaced.
â€œIt seems like sometimes our rains are just pretty hard lately, and with a new roof like that, itâ€™s tough,â€ Fuchs said.
The high schoolâ€™s air conditioning will not be functional for Kaneland freshman orientation on Tuesday, Aug. 10.