by Susan O’Neill
KANELANDâ€”The new Harter Middle School will open on time, Kaneland School District officials said on Tuesday. The school will open to students and their parents for a full-day open house on Thursday, Aug. 20.
Former district assistant superintendent Tom Runty, who was hired as a consultant to the project, said that construction workers were in the process of putting in the gymnasium floor.
Quick thinking on the part of the contractors prevented what could have been a major problem about a month ago. A week of warm weather earlier in the summer, several weeks prior to the installation of the central air conditioning, caused condensation to build up on the floors.
Workers brought portable air conditioners into the building to take the humidity out of the flooring and the walls. District Superintendent Charlie McCormick said that mold had begun to form on a piece of wall board, but the piece was pulled out before it spread.
â€œIt could have been a big problem,â€ McCormick said. â€œOur contractors were on top of the problem.â€
The Aug. 20 open house begins at 7 a.m. and ends at 8 p.m. to avoid large traffic jams, especially in light of the additional traffic from the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Solheim Cup tournament in Sugar Grove. The event, which officials estimate will bring in 30,000 visitors a day, takes place at Rich Harvest Farms off of Route 30 from Monday, Aug. 17 to Sunday, Aug. 23.