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Gym floor bid approved

The end of the PCHS gym floor is shown earlier this year.

A bid has been accepted from a Lombard company for the new gym floor at Prairie Central High School.

The PC Board of Education gathered for a special meeting last week to approve the bid at $324,880 from H2I. The gym will be painted before work starts on the floor and the gym will be closed starting March 17.

Also at the special meeting, the group was shown sketches of the proposed addition to the agriculture building. The addition will include shop areas, a classroom, live animal area with meats lab, storage and restrooms.

Architect Craig Wright noted difficulties with preparing the addition site as the previous school building is partially buried under the location and there are storm drainage issues. Additionally, funds will be needed to dig out the old rubble and replace it with more substantial material which will handle the load of a new building.

Water will need to drain to Indian Creek as the city cannot handle the flow onto the street. Wright will meet with engineers to come up with a plan which involves new tiling from the school to the creek.

Board members approved letting bids for the ag addition and tiling work. Superintendent Paula Crane notes the goal is to get the project completed as soon as possible before the building addition is enclosed. Groundbreaking for the addition is expected this summer.

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