Career Center board not sweating weather delays to nursing expansion
LISBON — The rain early this summer has put a lot of things behind schedule and the nursing wing expansion building project at the Columbiana County Career and Technical Center has not been an exception.
Superintendent Chuck Adkins reported to the board on Tuesday that there have been several factors behind pushing the project a little behind, including the weather. Additionally, Sodexo/Roth Mechanical, which is the contractor for the HVAC for the new building, has learned a necessary fan part is not going to be available until Sept. 9.
Adkins said the contractor has agreed to provide another temporary way to cool the new part of the building and plans to work after hours and weekends if needed to get the project completed once the part ships.
The project also has fallen behind after an unmapped gas line was struck a couple months ago. Adkins asked the board to approve up to $5,000 for additional costs, which may be needed to complete the plumbing contract at this point.
Despite the setbacks, the project is slated to be ready for school in the fall and Adult Education Director Dr. Kelly Darney said there will be 70 people ready to start learning in the new LPN lab when school starts. Registration also continues for the LPN to RN program, while the medical assistant program is nearly full.
Assistant Superintendent Jeremy Corbisello said there are 248 high school students who have applied for the upcoming year, which is down about 30 from last year. He hopes to reach 200 participants in the Drug Free program, in it’s third year.