Middle School cafeteria to get new walls, windows | Local News


A wall of windows will soon be replaced in the cafeteria at Valley Middle School, 4300 Gravois Road, House Springs.

The Northwest R-1 Board of Education voted 6-0 Sept. 15 to award a $140,000 contract to Lexicon Construction in Webster Groves to replace the wall, which includes seven windows. Board Vice Chair Retta “Susan” Tuggle was absent from the meeting.

Chief Operating Officer Mark Janiesch said Lexicon Construction submitted the only bid for the project, which will be paid for with district capital improvement funds.

The new wall and windows are expected to be completed by Nov. 1, but as of Monday, Oct. 3, construction had not started, so the project could take longer, Janiesch said.

He said the school was built in 1954 and the cafeteria was built in 1962, adding that the walls and windows were not made from the best materials.

Janiesch said the windows are single-glazed and the wall is sheet steel.

“It’s not very energy efficient at all, and it causes the vents in the ceiling to get damp,” he said. “(The wall) has rust at the bottom and water is leaking through the wall, which creates a slip hazard.”

Janiesch said the rest of the cafeteria is brick and cinder block, and the new wall will be brick and stucco.

All seven windows will be replaced with Kalwall windows, he added.

“They’ll be energy efficient, but they’re translucent in a way that lets daylight through, but you can’t see through them for safety reasons,” he said. “We don’t need anyone watching the kids in there for any reason.”

Janiesch said the wall has been a problem for three years.

“It’s a very weird wall in there,” he said. “It’s almost a whole side that faces the pitch.”

As of Sept. 30, construction had not started, Janiesch said.

He said construction will begin once the district receives permits from Jefferson County. Janiesch said Monday he hoped to receive the permits within the next two weeks.

“(Construction workers) will eventually build a false wall for the safety of the students while they work on the real wall,” he said.


Comments are closed.