School board discuses, evaluates projects that will benefit both attendance centers

With school out for the summer the Wauneta-Palisade school board has had a chance to evaluate and discuss sidewalks that need to be fixed, lawn care, go over new policies, etc. that can often be hard to discuss during the busy activity-filled school year.
    The board discussed pros and cons and evaluated estimates of possibly adding a cement paved track.
    Although nothing was approved in terms of a new track, the discussion brought many things to the surface that board members believe should have priority like a possible school owned day-care or a new agriculture woods/welding facility.
    “There is no doubt in my mind that we need to consider a new track, but it blows my mind that we haven’t done anything to our buildings,” said board member Bill Bischoff.

Building audits
    Keeping with the theme of “moving forward” in the upgrading and stabilization of both attendance centers, the board accepted and approved a $10,500 evaluation fee from BD Construction based out of Kearney.
    Both attendance centers are getting up there in age and both parents and various patrons have shown concern when it comes to the school buildings, especially in Palisade, said Superintendent Randy Geier.
    The evaluation will consist of taking soil samples, looking at the current furnace/pipe systems and anything and everything that will help determine where and what the school could potentially renovate/rebuild.
    The soil sample alone will tell a lot about any possible future construction or tear down. The amount of sand, clay or rock found in the soil will greatly impact the route taken to make both schools more efficient.
    “We all seem to have different opinions on how to fix things. We have a responsibility for both communities. There are two communities that count on this school,” said Bischoff.
    The board was in unanimous agreement to “start somewhere, guided by experts” said Laurie Maris, school board member.     

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