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Magnuson gives construction update

By Staff | Jul 12, 2008

Estherville Lincoln Central Community School District Superintendent Dick Magnuson updated Estherville Rotarians on progress on the school construction progress at the group’s weekly meeting Thursday.

Magnuson said work is close to completion on Demoney Elementary which will house five sections each of first and second graders. He said the new middle school is progressing according to plans.

Magnuson said custodians are working very hard to assist with the project.

A substantial completion inspection was scheduled for Thursday afternoon. Magnuson said district employees will be cleaning and doing the technology upgrades on the school project.

Magnuson pointed to the overwhelming voter support for the school building project, with 82 percent of voters approving the bond issue, 93 percent the sales tax, and 82 percent the 10-year Physical Plant and Equipment Levy.

In a question-and-answer session that followed, Magnuson reviewed plans for the McKinley building where second-graders attended until this May. He said he would like to see the school used as a preschool/daycare. He noted that the board has not yet decided on a use for the building, and that it was in too good of a condition to tear down.

Magnuson said administrative offices will remain in the middle school south building until after Phase Two construction when they will move to the north building and the south wing will be demolished. By delaying demolition of the south wing, the district will save $160,000 on the current project, he said.

Magnuson suggested that space could be leased in the Roosevelt building very reasonably to community groups.

Magnuson said the Parents and Teachers group will be selling bricks from the Maniece building as a fundraiser.

For updates on the school construction project, go online to www.estherville.k12.ia.us.