McCOOK, Nebraska -- The "use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without" philosophy is alive and well at the McCook Junior High, where bleachers in the gym have been refurbished.
The bleachers were shaky with no steps or safety panels, said Rick Haney, McCook School Business Manager at the regular school board meeting Monday.
The maintenance staff at McCook Public Schools addressed those issues, adding hand rails to the retractable bleachers and other safety features.
The upgrade cost a few hundred dollars versus the $40,000 a new set would cost, he said.
Junior high physical education teachers Carrie Goltl and Jeff Holthus were very accommodating during the process, Haney added during the "Positive Comments" portion of Monday's meeting. He also gave a shout-out to the maintenance staff at McCook Public Schools "who did a fantastic job" in refurbishing the bleachers.
Board member Larry Shields has tried out the new bleachers and told the board, "They don't wobble or shake like they did before. I didn't think they were the same old bleachers, there was no movement to them."
Haney also reported that an extension from the back of former armory is about 85 percent completed. The extension will be used to house four buses, he said, with the second phase of construction consisting of a larger structure.The interior of the building is being used for LIFT alternative education classes and storage and the exterior is being remodeled to house district buses.
Board members offered "Positive Comments" at the end of the meeting, that included:
* Student Council representative Kelsey Siebrandt commended the Accelerated Reading program and said she loved using the program as an elementary student
* School board member Teresa Thomas thanked Pat Unger at the McCook Junior High for waiting after school when Thomas' daughter needed something from her locker.
* School board member Shane Messersmith: despite a minor glitch in the music, the McCook High School dance team did "an awesome job" at half time during one of the recent basketball games.
* board member/secretary Diane Lyons: praised the vocal group, "Central Stars" under the direction of Kathy Latta
* board member Sandy Krysl: congratulated the high school girls basketball team for winning the Goodland Tournament this past weekend. Also commended McCook Elementary principal Tim Garcia for capitalizing "Christ" when using Christmas in the newsletter sent home to parents.
* school board member / president Tom Bredvick: thanked the school district for allowing him to attend state school board meetings. Also, heard a lot of positive comments about MHS fans at the recent Goodland Tournament basketball games.
* Superintendent Grant Norgaard: praised Joan Bass, instructor at the LIFT program, for helping out at the school counselor's office recently. Also recognized Kim Korgan for her dedication to MHS as well as to other schools, particularly when Korgan helped out the Chase County School system, and business manager Rick Haney, for upgrading the bleachers at the junior high.