(Sidney) – The Sidney School Board approved a handful of change requests and deductions for construction projects in a regularly scheduled Monday night meeting.

Sidney superintendent Tim Hood said in an interview with KMA News that the projects were added on top of the ongoing renovations in the school district. One of the orders approved by the board of directors was to cover some of the walls of the elementary building with room 109 and the music room.

“It was a $ 6,500 change order to get the steel bolts up to the ceiling on the outside wall and just make it cleaner, so the board approved that last night,” Hood said.

With recent renovations in the school district, Hood says, one of the orders is to upgrade old doors that are no longer in use.

“We have a few old doors and things like that that are no longer used because we’re moving the music room and kindergarten downstairs by the Cowboy Cafe,” said Hood. “They want us to put lentils in, I don’t have the exact number yet, but the board approved so we don’t delay anything, but I hope to have that number next.” Month.”

The third contract to add steel for separable partitions, according to Hood, is a $ 10,650 contract to reinforce the partition between the stage and the new music room to prevent sagging that could occur.

Hood also posted information about major construction projects in the school district. One obstacle currently slightly delaying progress is the discovery of asbestos.

“We found some asbestos tiles in our elementary school that were supposed to be asbestos-free, which slowed us down a bit,” said Hood. “That has been removed from the two rooms that will be the new office area, so we’re back on the right track.”

While Hood still assumes they can start school on time in the buildings, the new carpeting needed for the two asbestos-tiled rooms is unlikely to be there by the start of the school year. At the high school, suspicions were confirmed when Hood says the new gym floor won’t be ready for the school year.

“The gym floor won’t be shabby because of the moisture issues early on in school,” Hood said. “You have to reach a certain humidity limit so that the flooring is not affected when you put it down.”

Hood said although the project timelines are tight, he is confident the majority of the projects will be ready for the upcoming 2021-22 school year.

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