FFA barn project breaks ground


CAPAC — Following the passing of a 2022 bond issue, work continues throughout the district, with many projects having been completed.

According to the school’s website, among the projects completed thus far include:

*The wooden fence at the bus garage entrance was torn down and replaced with a privacy chain link fence.

*Two new lawn mowers were purchased. *Technology upgrades are done, although plans call for additional upgrades.

*A partial replacement of HVAC systems throughout the district have been done, with more work planned.

*A water drain system has been installed in the high school courtyard.

Other improvements completed include new tiles installed in the elementary gym and new gutters installed on the south side of the varsity gym.

One of the major projects of the bond was the removal of the old floor and installing a new gym floor in the Harry C. Moore Memorial Gym (varsity gym).

The removal of the old floor and installation of a new gym floor has been among the major upgrades, thanks to a successful bond issue in Capac in 2022.

There has also been a new bell system installed that was funded by using a Michigan State Police Safety Grant, saving the district from spending additional bond dollars.

Among the projects getting underway this year is the construction of a new FFA barn. Ground was set to break this week. Verbeke Enterprises earned the bid for the job that is estimated to cost $400,000.

The Capac FFA is the only chapter of the organization in St. Clair County.

They have enjoyed good success over the past several years and continue to make a positive impression at the various conventions they attend.

While the majority of the students involved are from the Capac school district, there are a few from other districts that take part, similar to the County ISD Tech program.

Interim Superintendent Amy Nelson said of the bond work, “We are moving along as anticipated with our 2022 Bond Projects. We are breaking ground on the FFA barn later this week and expect to have the facility completed and up and running when we return to school in the fall.”

She added, “We also have lots of exciting work planned at Capac Elementary School this summer. The main office is getting renovated and updated. We are also updating all of the elementary classrooms with new doors, classroom cabinets, and countertops.”

Nelson added, “At the Jr.-Sr. High School the big project planned for this summer will be the refinishing of the Jr. High gymnasium floor. When completed the design will be a scaled replica of the design in the Harry C. Moore Memorial Gym which was completed last summer.”

Although it is a separate item on the bond list, the paving of the Elementary parking lot is tied in to the FFA project.

School officials have said the paving would not be done until work on the new FFA barn was completed.

The barn will be located across from the lower level school, and officials did not want construction crews to damage the new asphalt.

Other discussion has included rendering drawings of an addition to the football press box as well as a proposed new stadium entrance for the football field.

In the proposal, the press box would be extended with a second level and windows added to the north side for soccer games.

Additionally, a new permanent ticket booth is planned along with some cement work for foot paths for guests.

Other athletic improvements include the closing in of all of the baseball dugouts.

Jr. High lockers were scheduled to be removed and replaced with the new ones being clad in school colors.

A musical acoustic clam shell has been delivered and will be an asset to the music program at the school, Nelson said.