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Vale Middle School project moves ahead

Officials expect the new Vale Middle School to be finished by May and students will be in the new facility next fall. (The Enterprise/Kristine de Leon).

VALE – Construction is on pace for the new Vale Middle School to be finished by May and ready to host its first classes next fall.

The construction company Petra Inc. broke ground in March 2018, after it was awarded a $10.1 million bid. The construction contractor and its crews have been hard at work ever since.

About 40 contract workers are on site each day, according to Ed Cuttlers, Petra project superintendent.

Cuttlers manages about 30 subcontractors for the project.

Each worker is required to undergo a background check through the Vale School District and complete an orientation.

“It’s very strict,” said Cuttlers. “Everyone . . .