Construction is underway at Clay Central-Everly schools. During a site visit, Americans with Disabilities Act representatives noticed areas around the district's buildings that did not meet code requirements.
Before the ADA code was enacted, CC-E had handicap-accessible exits available. However, the handicap parking spaces in Everly were not paved, and the Royal building was not handicap accessible at each exit.
In order to meet the code, CC-E had to put a plan together, and show progress of working through the plan.
"There were other ways of getting in the building," Dennis McClain, Clay Central-Everly superintendent, said. "There was a lot of regulation that we had to meet."
Currently, the construction team has finished the sidewalk near the southeast entrance of the Royal building. They have begun sidewalk work in front of the Royal building, and they've also started work on paving the handicap spaces in Everly.
"We hope to have everything finished in Royal by next week," McClain said.
CC-E currently has no disabled students, but the ADA personnel were still concerned about accessibility for visitors who come to the school for events or to speak to the students.
The $39,000 work will provide a convenience to disabled visitors, but it is not the only change the district is making.
"This is phase one," McClain said. "There will be more phases to meet other areas, four phases in total, spread out over a number of years."
With regards to the future, McClain is optimistic that the plan the district has created will provide a more accessible environment to disabled visitors or future students.
"If we need to make alterations, we'll do that," he said. "But we've got a plan in place, and we'll move forward."