May 07, 2018 10:58 PM
(ABC 6 News) -- School board members and other school officials broke ground on a multi-million dollar renovation and addition at Osage Middle and High School Monday evening, weeks after the event was originally planned.
Cold weather into April forced the delay of the official ceremony marking the beginning of a three-phase, $12 million renovation of the 60-year-old school.
Plans for the first phase include adding a new gymnasium, district offices and a music room that doubles as a tornado shelter. Kitchen and science classroom renovations are also on tap.
High school principal Tim Hejhal said the building hasn't seen significant updates in decades.
"Education is changing," he said. "We're moving forward with this renovation because it's the right thing to do for our kids and helping give them a 21st century school."
In 2017, a bond issue that would have provided nearly $10 million for the project failed to meet the 60 percent supermajority required for passage. Instead, the district is using a combination of its savings, a local option sales tax and a fund for equipment upgrades, Hejhal said.
School taxes will not increase as a result of the project. Phase one is expected to be completed in April 2019, while all work should be completed by August 2020.
Created: May 07, 2018 10:58 PM
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