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School building project progressing well and on schedule

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A tour of the new school building was given to the Gettysburg School Board during their regular meeting on April 14. The consensus was that it looked like the project is progressing well and the first phase is now on schedule, with the weather finally cooperating with the construction.
Scott Sikkink of HKG Architects said that the subcontractors on the project have been fantastic, and the job is well-manned, meaning that at times there are up to 27 people working on the school building project at a time, which is considered a big crew.
There was discussion about the spray insulation previously approved for the building, and it was reported to be a good investment. Further discussion surrounded the contingency fund, what is required to be supplied, and the need for HKG to fight on the board’s behalf, which Sikkink assured was happening.
Members of the Gettysburg Preschool board attended the meeting. The school board was asked where they are regarding previous discussions regarding the possibility of the preschool moving in with the big school. They reported that they are at point where no building will be available for their preschool classes next year, and plans must be made regarding where they will put equipment and hold classes. The preschool board said they are very willing to help in any way to make the move to the school happen.
The overall concern from the side of the school board would be if something happened that would delay the building project, which would make space tight and no room available for the preschool. The preschool board reiterated that they are very willing to help make it a seamless transition from the preschool to the school, and would work out any kinks with curriculum or scheduling in order to help make it happen.
Because there are too many unknowns, the school board was not comfortable with committing to the preschool at the big school for this fall, and a meeting will be set up between the preschool board and Superintendent Tim Hagedorn to learn more of the guidelines, teacher expenses, and details about funding changes to determine that it can be done without an increased cost to the school.
In other news, the board discussed salvage bids for the old school building and that the work will need to be a minimum bid of $1,000 and must be done the last week of May.
Drivers Education class will be offered to students both within and outside of the school district.
It was reported that students and staff are busy this time of year between testing and extra curricular activities. KSFY television will include the GHS valedictorian and salutatorian in television announcements. Wages were increased for classified staff, and staff who drive the school vehicles must register details on the vehicle driving logs.
The old GHS building will be opened for a final walk-through and bricks will be available to purchase for those who would like a piece of Gettysburg’s history. A self-guided tour will take place from 2-5 p.m. on Sunday, May 11. If you would like to schedule another time for a walk through the school, contact Mr. Hagedorn at 765-2436.
The minutes from the meeting are published in the April 24 edition of the News, and online at www.pottercountynews.com and at www.sdpublicnotices.com. The next meeting will be Monday, May 12 at the elementary library starting at 7:30 p.m.
-Molly McRoberts

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