OSAGE | On Monday, May 7, the Osage Schools Board of Education and administrators held a ground breaking ceremony for the district's high school/middle school addition and renovation project.
The cost of the project is projected to be paid for with approximately $4 million in cash and the remaining $9 million coming from SAVE (one-cent sales tax) and PPEL (Physical Plant and Equipment Levy) funds.
When completed, the project will include a tornado safe room, which will be used by the middle school and high school bands and choirs, one cafeteria and new kitchen, secure high school and administrative offices, gymnasium, classrooms, windows, boiler, additional safety/security upgrades, along with renovated classroom spaces.
Remodeling of the science rooms and other classrooms will take place over the summer to avoid instructional disruptions in the fall.
The band and choir will be utilizing the Cedar River Complex for practices, the food service department will be using one kitchen and dining area for nine months and entrances will shift to the high school north doors.
"The Osage Community Schools are excited about our groundbreaking and our facility improvements that are beginning," said Osage School Superintendent Barb Schwamman. "Our new band/choir and tornado safe room are progressing with the footings and foundation walls taking shape. Sewer lines are being prepared and many things will be taking shape in the next weeks.
"Over the summer two new boilers will be installed, all new windows will be installed that are made locally at Osage Manufacturing (Monray), and our science classrooms will be completely remodeled. Work on the new cafeteria and kitchen will begin along with the new gymnasium."
The project is projected to be completed by August, 2019.