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School works to occupy old National Guard armory

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Casey Osborn, above, project manager for Nebraska Safety and Fire of North Platte, took measurements Tuesday morning as his company installed a new fire alarm system throughout the old National Guard armory in McCook.
(Connie Jo Discoe/McCook Daily Gazette)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- Work is progressing at the former National Guard Armory, now owned by the McCook School District.

The McCook School district purchased the building this year for $82,500.

There were no other bidders, according to state officials. The district plans to use it for students after some remodeling, as well as to house some of the activity buses.

Chris Wallace, top left, and Skip Marsh, employees of McCook, Nebraska, Public Schools, hang an air vent and new ceiling tile in an office they're remodeling inside the former National Guard armory a block south of McCook Senior High. MPS purchased the former armory for $82,500 in August and is turning it into classrooms for the LIFT alternative education program; tank bays in the basement will be used for bus storage. Work inside includes new paint, carpeting, and gymnasium flooring; Affordable Plumbing will install a handicap accessible restroom. McCook Contracting poured new concrete and a new handicap accessible ramp at the front door.
(Connie Jo Discoe/McCook Daily Gazette)
A fire suppression system is being installed, as well as other on-site work, said Superintendent Grant Norgaard during Board Comments at the regular school board meeting Monday night.

Other improvements include minor construction for classrooms, electrical work to incorporate the Internet and telephone system used by the district, high efficiency lighting, painting and modifications to make bathroom doors ADA accessible, he said.

Board President Tom Bredvick asked about security measures and Norgaard answered that it will include a camera at the front entrance along with a keypunch system, where visitors will be buzzed in from a location inside.

Business Manager Rick Haney, during the "Positive Comments" portion of the meeting, said the acquisition of the building is a win-win for the district as well as for the community, as it will be maintained and kept up.

Other comments made Monday night by board members and administration during "Positive Comments" included:

* Diane Lyons: commended the recent Veteran's Day Program at McCook Elementary and heard how special it was for grandparents who attended.

* Teresa Thomas: enjoyed the recent Junior-Senior HIgh vocal concert.

* Shane Messersmith: chaperoned a junior high dance and was impressed with the professionalism of DARE Officers John Smith. Also mentioned the nice job Student Council and its and adviser, Sharon Bohling did on Halloween, by helping out the trick-or-treaters.

* Tom Bredvick: the reaction of parents to the recent intruder drill was positive, he said, with lots of constructive feedback.

* Superintendent Grant Norgaard: also mentioned how well the intruder drill was conducted and appreciated the seriousness and work that went into it.

* Sandy Krysl: commended the anti-bullying program DARE Officer Smith conducted. Also, with fall sports done, is looking forward to winter sports.

* Larry Shields: congratulated the Student Council for its work and achievements on the district and state level. Much of that has to do with its sponsor, Sharon Bohling, Shield said, "for what she puts into, both inside and outside of school.

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