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School renovation a little behind


July 31, 2014

Eric Seidle

Jeremy Bates, left, and Josh Opitz of James Talcott Construction work on the new girls locker room at Havre High School Wednesday. The new facilities at Havre High include locker rooms, a wrestling room, a weight room and a hosting space which will help facilitate sports tournaments and free up additional space for academics.

Renovations to Sunnyside Intermediate School, Havre High School and Havre Middle School are for the most part on schedule, minus a bump in the Sunnyside project.

The Sunnyside renovations include the addition of a full-size gymnasium, the conversion of the former gymnasium into a cafeteria, renovations to the office area rooms and extra classrooms.

The classroom additions are running a little behind, as the work crews found extra work that needed done with the trusses and seams of the structures.

Four temporary classrooms will be set up next to the school so that kids may start the school year once it begins Aug. 27. Carlson said the delay is estimated to be around two weeks.

"The other projects are all on pace and going well," Carlson said.

High school renovations, which include locker room reconstruction, the addition of a fourth locker room, construction of a health and physical fitness room and a wrestling room.

The high school projects are still on schedule, with the locker room changes to be completed before school begins and fitness and wrestling rooms slated to be finished before the spring semester.

The parking lot at the middle school is progressing according to plan as well, Carlson said.

Carlson said the setbacks at Sunnyside have been taken into consideration, and administration has a good plan to make it as easy as possible for the students to go through with their education as the crews put the last touches on the new rooms.

"We want to make sure the project is done right," Carlson said. " ... The teachers came in and gave us some good ideas. We've got a good plan to start the school year."

Carlson said the crews are hopeful Sunnyside renovations will be done two weeks after school starts or by the end of September.

Voters approve renovations to the two schools by a wide margin in a referendum Oct. 7.


Reader Comments

comeoffit writes:

It's time for a change, and the teacher's secretly agree. Carlson rarely visits classrooms or participates in improving the school. In fact, he typically visits classrooms when the State Superintendent--or some other bigwig--comes for a visit. Our community and teachers deserve an honest superintendent who's involved in improving the academics of our schools, not just the aesthetics. As a registered voter in our community, I say: Shape up, or ship out.


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