Sedalia Construction Slowed

1 decade 6 months 2 weeks ago Thursday, May 31 2007 May 31, 2007 Thursday, May 31, 2007 2:28:36 PM CDT May 31, 2007 in News
The now-empty classrooms in Sedalia were crowded with students last week. In fact, rooms were so crowded, school administrators turned the gymnasium into classrooms.

"We're out of space. We've installed some temporary classrooms in the gymnasium which is housing second grade," Skyline Elementary Principal Kelly McFatrich said.

Skyline Elementary has not only set up classrooms in the gymnasium, but also out on the lawn. The principal said she is not very comfortable with the location.

"It's always been a safety concern for us to have kids outside our building in mobile classrooms," McFatrich said.

Skyline is not the only overcrowded school in Sedalia.

"It's particularly intense at the elementary level," Assistant Superintendent Dr. Harriet Wolfe said.

On Tuesday night, the Sedalia school board met to choose a construction bid for expansion. The board wants to add six classrooms to Skyline and Parkview Elementary. No one met the price or the timing for the project.

"The time frames were unacceptable. We need a very short time frame because of our overcrowded conditions. We need to have students in those classrooms," Wolfe said.

Skyline is coping with the less than ideal conditions.

"It has displaced them and they are dealing with it okay, but of course a permanent classroom is so much better than being here in the gym," McFatrich said.

Despite the disappointing bids, the school board is still confident the construction will be complete by the end of 2007.

The school board wants to finish the construction within 150 days and will soon be placing an ad to attract more bids.

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