School board, guests take tour; other projects slated for VHS

School board, guests take tour; other projects slated for VHS by M. Jill Karolevitz Vermillion school board members were treated to a tour of the construction project at Vermillion High School March 12, prior to their regular meeting.

Tom Craig, Nick Merrigan, Mark Bottolfson, Jim Kinney and Floyd Boschee were impressed with the progress and design of the facilities. They were joined by Mark Brim and James Dahlin, architects with DLR Group Architecture and Engineering, Omaha, NE, Jim McCulloch, school district attorney, Keith Brooks, agency manager at Community Insurance, Liz Hogen, curriculum director for the school district, Superintendent Robert Mayer and Doug Tuetken, VHS principal.

The practice gym for volleyball and basketball is in use, as is the gymnastics practice area, which features a foam-filled pit below the uneven bars. Locker rooms, the wrestling practice room, commons/kitchen area and auditorium are yet to be finished, but progress is steady. Mayer said all but the auditorium will be completed by Aug. 1. It is expected that the auditorium, which Mayer calls the �showcase of the whole project,� will be finished by Oct. 1.

During the school board meeting, several other upcoming projects at VHS were discussed.

A storage shed for the school�s tractors and mowers will be built for an estimated $5,000 to $6,000 � materials only. There will be no labor costs involved because the VHS industrial arts class, under the direction of Mark Pier, will build the shed this spring. It will be located south of the high school on a concrete pad that used to be a basketball court.

The old gymnasium floor will get a facelift as paint and varnish are removed and redone. The estimated cost of the project is $12,000 � about $1.30 per square foot.

�When it�s finished it will look more like the new gym floor,� Mayer said. �We�re negotiating with Jeltema Construction of Orange City, IA, to do the project. I�ve seen his work in Lennox and he does a quality job.�

The gym�s ceiling and walls, with the exception of the bricked area, will also be painted this year. Clint Tucker and his Precision Painting crew will do the work for just over $6,000.

�Our own staff will do the preparation work prior to the painting,� Mayer said. �And Gregg Peters of Ace Hardware is donating the paint.

� We certainly appreciate the donation,� Mayer said. �Any other businesses are welcome to give us a call if they would also like to donate something to the school.�

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