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Concrete! Board Approves Change at High School
By Mike Scott
In a special meeting held on Thursday, September22, the Clark County R-1 School board approved a major change to its four million dollar construction plans.
Because several other projects have come in significantly under budget, the board approved using concrete to pave the front lot and driveway around the building at the high school. The driveway connecting to Thompson Street will also be paved with concrete. The west parking lot will remain a rock surface. The cost is $272,000 higher than the previously approved chip seal, but will last much longer.
Electrical work at the high school is expected to begin this week, with site work for the parking lot improvements starting next week.
“We’ve made sure we’ll have all our parking available for Parade of Champions,” said CCR-1 Superintendent Ritchie Kracht. “But for the Palmyra and Monroe City football games, there’s a decent chance that the front lot will not be available,”
“It’s going to be a rough time for everyone, and we apologize in advance for the inconvenience,” Kracht added. Despite the construction, the high school has plenty of parking available for students and staff on the west side of the building.
“It will all be worth it in the end,” said board member Mark Plenge.
As a bonus to the local economy, the concrete is supposed to be purchased locally.
The tentative construction schedule is as follows:
Sept. 27-Start Utilities/Electrical Work (High School)
Oct. 4-Site Work North Parking Lot (High School)
Oct. 7-Start Site Work East Drive (High School)
Oct. 11-Start Site Work West Drive (High School)
Oct. 11-Start Paving North Parking Lot
Oct. 13-Start Site Work at Black Hawk Elementary
Oct. 18-Start Paving West Drive (High School)
Oct. 20- Start Paving East Drive (High School)
Oct. 25-Start Paving Black Hawk Elementary
Oct. 25-Site Work South Drive (High School)
Oct. 28-Start Paving South Drive (High School)
In addition, contractors will begin installing air conditioning units at Running Fox and Black Hawk Elementary schools next week, they plan to work three 12-hours days each week and work outside of classtime as much as possible to minimize classroom disruptions
See PROJECTS, Page 16