Wednesday, June 20, 2018
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Students dismissed at noon next week

No lunch so staff can move into remodeled cafeteria, kitchen.

Paulsen Inc. officials hope renovation of the Community Building cafeteria will be finished Friday.

“We’re still shooting for then but there’s a lot to do,” said project field supervisor Joe Ridder.

On Tuesday, superintendent Mike Teahon said equipment is scheduled for testing in remodeled areas next week and floors sealed. Tile work may also need to be finished.

To allow the cafeteria staff time to move into and adapt to their new surroundings, lunch will not be served next Thursday and Friday.

Classes will be dismissed at noon, instead of at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 18, and 3:35 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19.

Maintenance supervisor Jay Holmes said advance notice of the elimination of lunch the first two days of school will also help parents plan accordingly.

In May, Paulsen began a $1.1 million renovation project of 12,000-square feet of the cafeteria, kitchen, concession area and rest rooms and expanded the weight room 500 square feet. Rest rooms adjoining the weight room were remodeled in addition to a small room for sports officials.

Ridder said the weight room should be finished by Friday, noting that it’s always a challenge finishing school jobs during the summer because of the short time frame.

No bonds were issued for the project. The District 20 school board used money saved in the special building fund to pay for construction and equipment.

Some of the existing kitchen and cafeteria equipment will be used in the newly remodeled area.

At the District 20 board meeting Monday, Holmes said crews were installing kitchen equipment, wiring and vinyl and ceramic tiles in addition to painting.

Holmes said heating and air conditioning units are installed and plumbing is done.

Units will be started up Monday to see how they operate.

Other summer projects discussed at Monday’s board meeting included:

Girls varsity locker room—Mechanical done, dry wall work starting this week.

South elementary playground—Railroad ties were removed from retaining wall, ground sloped and new concrete poured this week.

Completed projects include:

Renovation completed on performing arts stage.

Lower elementary exterior doors replaced.

Two 10-passenger vans purchased.

Football scoreboard replaced.

Retaining wall on the east side of track finished.

Land gifted to the school seeded and a sprinkler system installed.

New heating and air conditioning service contract approved.

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