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Bus barn at armory may have to wait

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

McCOOK, Nebraska -- Depending on funds available, the McCook School Board of Education will take a "wait- and-see" attitude about when the building it purchased in September will house district vehicles.

At the regular McCook School Board meeting Monday night, McCook Public School Superintendent Grand Norgaard gave a brief presentation on recent updates underway at the former Nebraska Army National Guard building, that the district purchased in September.

The building, across the street from the high school, was purchased in September for $82,500 in a sealed bid.

The district has about $200,000 from the Special Building Fund for capital improvements, McCook Public Schools Business Manager Rick Haney said this morning.

Potential modifications include a bus barn to house the school districts vehicles, but this will depend on how the board wants this done, Haney said and "what they are comfortable with."

Concepts presented Monday night for the bus barn include extending the back of the building about 15 feet with a metal building. This would house all four of the yellow school buses as well as the district vans.

Another metal building, dug into a side hill, would accommodate the four, over-the-road school buses and an oil-changing pit, Norgaard told the board Monday night.

Now, district vehicles are houses on Q street, with not all of them covered.

Improvements at the facility do not have to go through the bid process, Norgaard said after Monday's meeting, as state law requires bids only on single projects that are $40,000 or more.

However, local contractors with a reliable record, that have worked with the district before, are being utilized, Norgaard added.

Work currently underway include new lighting, three classrooms with removable partitions, with room for additional classrooms, new flooring for the gym area, a sprinkler system, a ADA bathroom and other improvements.

Before work began, the state fire marshal walked through the building and identified areas that needed to be addressed, Norgaard said.

Steps at the front of the building have been removed and wheelchair accessible ramp has been installed.

The lawn in the front of the building may take up to two years to complete, he said, due to the infestation of bindweed.

The gym, which is larger than the one in Central, will have the same flooring used at NCAA volleyball tournaments and at the Qwest Center in Lincoln and will not require yearly re-finishing.

Ample storage space is available in two areas, Norgaard said.

The majority of the interior work is anticipated to be completed by the first week in January, so students from the LIFT alternative education classes can attend.


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With such a demand for the technical trades, this would be the perfect building to teach these crafts. Isn't school about education, or is it about pride?

-- Posted by Chunky Peanut Butter on Tue, Dec 13, 2011, at 2:59 PM


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