New Su Valley Jr./Sr. High Taking Shape

By John R. Moses
SUNSHINE — Susitna Valley Jr./Sr. High School is 90 percent complete, and thanks to a
resolution passed by the Matanuska-Susitna Borough Assembly it will have furniture, too,
when it opens in January 2010.
The Assembly approved $500,000 from insurance proceeds to fund furnishings at the
campus, which replaces a school that burned down in June of 2007 along with almost all of
its contents.
The ordinance as adopted Sept. 15 states that a partial payment of $500,000 has been issued
by the insurance company for contents for the new school, and the school district needs the
cash to order furniture in time for its opening.
The insurance settlement agreement was not complete at the time of the Assembly action, said
Borough Spokesperson Patty Sullivan. Borough Ordinance 09-139 was approved by a
unanimous vote, she said.
Borough Project Manager Robert Scott said crews will finish construction in time for a
December move-in.
“Landscaping and installation of the ram’s head logo and school name give the whole building
a finished appearance,” Borough manager John Duffy reported Sept. 11 “The grounds have
been hydro-seeded and most parking lot striping is complete, which further adds to the
finished appearances of the project. The classrooms have lighting, tack boards and cabinets.
Flooring is not laid.”
The school’s media center is painted and the ceiling is installed. Baseboard heaters supplying
the rooms with heat.
“The major interior task remaining is the installation of flooring. All trades have some minor
tasks still in progress,” Duffy said. “Painting in the gym has started. Bleacher installation has
not started..”
Among the installations completed are cabinets and much-anticipated lockers. Students at the
temporary school site have no lockers, and tote books from portable classroom to portable
Some chain link fencing and parking signs are installed, “and the site looks great. Interior
work included installation of the ceramic tile wainscot in the classroom wing halls,” Duffy
“The student bathrooms in the hall have art tile installed and grouted in place, and have
complimented the already colorful commercial tile in the bathrooms,” Duffy said.
Sidewalks and curbs on both the main entrance side and the north side of the building were
constructed during the summer, and the lot was paved.
The south side of the building has been painted gold, tan and blue.
Temporary electrical service to the building has been replaced by permanent MEA power
routed to the building transformer and main distribution center.
The interiors of all south-facing classrooms were painted last month along with several other
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