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No construction projects planned for Strong-Huttig schools

By Brittany Williams
This article was published December 13, 2017 at 5:00 a.m.

STRONG — During the district’s master plan facilities report, Strong-Huttig School District Superintendent Jeff Alphin announced that there are no plans for construction in the near future.

“There’s no new construction with our numbers the way that they are. We did have (campus) improvements from 17-18 that is spent along as we have the grant money or we happen to have some extra money,” Alphin said.

One of the improvements was a new roof at Gardner Strong Elementary that was purchased using “insurance money,” he said.

“We didn’t spend anything but the deductible, so we got a $200,000 roof for a $5,000 deductible and it is warranted for 15 years,” the superintendent said.

Because of “comments from the state,” the field house masonry was repaired. Though the metal roof doesn’t leak, it did get fresh coast of paint, he said.

Other projects mentioned were refinishing the gym and stage floors at SHS and cafeteria upgrades at both campuses. The “old gym” floor will be refinished today, he said.

The cafeteria upgrades involved kitchen ventilation equipment with fire suppression. Mid South Wholesale completed the project after its bid of $17,883.13 was approved by the board in June, according a previous News-Times report.

After the report, the school baord approved the district’s 2018 six-year master plan and partnership project resolution.

The Strong-Huttig School Board’s next meeting is scheduled at 6 p.m. Jan. 8 in the high school library.

Brittany Williams may be reached at 870-862-6611 or bwilliams@eldoradonews.com. Follow her on Twitter and like her on Facebook @BWilliamsEDNT for updates on Union County school news.

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