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Still no buyers for unused school property on West Q

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

McCOOK, Nebraska -- There have been a few nibbles, but still no buyers for McCook School District property on West Q.

No definite offer has been made yet, Superintendent Grant Norgaard told the McCook School Board Monday night at the regular meeting.

The property consists of three acres on West Q that was used to store and maintain the district's vehicles.

It includes a metal building, a storage facility, cement pad, a tree line on the north edge and open ground.

The district's vans are now being stored at the Armory building, with the buses still on the West Q property.

The sale of the property will help fund improvements at the armory, that are needed to house the buses.

These improvements include a metal building, plus an extension on the armory property.

Observations made by School board members and administrative staff during "Positive Comments" included:

McCook Schools Business Manager Rick Haney: commended the school custodians for their hard work over the summer, preparing classrooms and buildings for the next school year. They are doing a fantastic job, he said with "a lot of meticulous work." In response to a question by board member Diane Lyons, Haney said the air conditioning is normally not turned on for a few people, but has been on recently as summer school is in progress.

Diane Lyons: told the board that the food service committee will take a more "pro-active" approach the next time the selection of a food service company approaches. This might include touring different schools and spending more time evaluating other choices.

Teresa Thomas: congratulated all the athletes in spring sports that competed at state. Also commended coaches and volunteers who have summer sport camps for younger kids. "It's good to keep the kids moving," she said.

Sandy Krysl: praised the students who spoke at the high school graduation ceremony. "It's hard to get up and speak in front of a lot of people," she said.

Shane Messersmith: liked how the senior girls are helping the freshmen girls on the dance team. "We have a great group of senior girls," he said.

Larry Shields: impressed with the progress at the armory, with the new grass planted and improvements on the roof. "This will be a nice project when it's completed," Shields noted.

Tom Bredvick: complimented the class and character of McCook boys on the Senior Legion baseball team, who made wrist bands for the Broken Bow baseball team whom they played Sunday night. Broken Bow lost two coaches in a recent vehicle accident. "This is the best example of the type of kids we have," Bredvick said. Although they came to play a competitive sport, he said they also realized that in the big scheme of things, "it's just a game."

Grant Norgaard: congratulated the boys track team who captured second place at state competition. He also mentioned that students who took the recent writing assessments compared well with their counterparts. "Scores will go up, now that we know what the expectations are," he said.

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