Hemingford School project to proceed

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By Christmas time, the Hemingford Public Schools will have a new look. The Hemingford School Board has approved a project that will connect the district's three buildings. The building connection project will be built by Wood Construction of Hemingford, who submitted the low bid of $842,505 from Dale Wood Construction of Hemingford.

The building cost will be $782,138, with a cost of $60,367 to remodel the high school bathrooms for the $ 842,505 total cost.

Superintendent of Schools Casper Ningen says that several years ago the district began studying the possibillity of connecting the east end of the High School, the west end of the Elementary School, and the south side of the Central Office Building.

Ningen says enclosing the outer areas of the three buildings will not only provide students and staff with more room, but also enhance safety.

Ningen says the project will be funded money from the District's Special Building Fund. By September that fund will have over $500,000 on hand, with the remaining amount coming from a short-term loan from the General Fund. That amount will be paid back to the General Fund during the next two school years from other proceeds that come to the Special Building Fund.

The project is expected to take 139 days to complete. He says maps will be posted on social media and the internet, as well as in the Hemingford Ledger to aid folks in finding their way into the building during construction.

Ningen says the architect for the project is Lee Davies of North Platte, who is a graduate of Hemingford High School.

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