Local school will finally get new steps

Posted: July 26, 2013

The Winchester Star

BERRYVILLE — A local elementary school will soon get a new set of steps.

The former concrete and brick steps located on the side of Berryville Primary that led into the main first-floor hallway of the school were closed in September because of their deteriorating condition, which included cracks and missing chunks. The brick sidewalls were also starting to peel away from the steps.

They were removed at the end of January, and nothing remains but mulch.

Clarke County School Board members had lamented at various meetings that the steps were a safety risk and needed to be replaced as soon as possible.

On Thursday, the panel called an emergency meeting at the School Board office on Main Street to vote on a contractor to put in a new set of concrete steps.

The panel approved KEE Construction Services Inc. of Winchester at a bid of $24,070. With the potential for additional concrete testing and work, the board agreed to set a cap of $30,000 on the project, which will take about four weeks to complete.

Officials are hopeful the stairs can be in place by the start of school on Aug. 19.

— Contact Rebecca Layne at rlayne@winchesterstar.com