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Menahga School construction project waiting on state

Menahga School Board members view progress on the multi-room construction that involves a conversion of the multi-purpose room. The extra room will be utilized for physical education activities and other classes. (Anna Erickson / Enterprise)

Menahga School's construction projects are underway but a storm sewer issue has left the locker room addition running behind.

Project manager Nick Ylitalo, with JP Structures, said Monday evening that the existing storm sewer wasn't "jiving" with the mechanical plans so revisions will be required.

"We are currently waiting for a response from the state to determine what an approved alternative will be," he said.

With a looming state shutdown, Superintendent Mary Klamm said she hoped the state will make a decision on the storm sewer work before July 1.

Ylitalo said the contractor has been in direct contact with someone from the state so he is hopeful a plan will be determined soon.

Site excavation work has also begun on the locker room addition. Crews are somewhat limited in how far they can go on footings until the storm sewer issue is resolved, Ylitalo said.

Sanitary sewer connections to the existing building are underway as well.

Another glitch occurred when the electrical conduit running to the new ventilation unit was damaged by the mechanical contractor while crews were excavating for the sanitary sewer. Repair options are being explored.

"This project is currently running about a week and a half behind where we'd like to be," Ylitalo said.

The multi-purpose room project is moving forward without glitches so far.

Demolition is mostly completed, masonry work is underway and concrete floor patching is nearing completion.

During a tour of the room Monday night, concrete patching was still wet.

Mechanical and electrical work is ongoing in this project and the construction is on schedule, Ylitalo said.

In other business, the board:

n Approved a call for several annual bids, including fuel, bread, milk, snow plowing and sanitation.

n Approved an elementary field trip budget adjustment to $7,000 to allow $1,000 for each grade level from kindergarten through sixth grade. If a grade level decides on a field trip that costs more than $1,000 fundraising will need to be done to make up the difference.

n Approved the technology budget for the 2011-12 school year at $44,725.

n The figure includes three SMART Boards to complete a goal to have all regular classrooms installed with LCD projectors and an interactive white board, two ceiling mounted LCD projectors, five laptops, and a payment for the three new computer labs installed last year.

n Approved updates to the fee schedule to increase the driver's education fee from $230 to $240 and increase student lunch prices to the state mandated level by 5 cents.

Anna Erickson
Anna Erickson is editor of the Wadena Pioneer Journal.
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