Scottbluff Schools to get facility assessment

The Scottsbluff School Board has decided it's time for a look at the district's facilities. The last facility assessment was conducted in 1997. The report issued at that time helped to drive the district facilty plans since then.

Superintendent Rick Myles says the high school turning 50 years old this week is a good example of why the assessment is necessary. Myles says when a building reaches about 50 years old, some of the pieces and parts that are hidden behind the walls start to lose their lifespan. He said alot of the plumbing, for example, is cast iron and until they have someone get down there and check the condition, they won't know exactly how it's aged, and what they need to do and when they need to do it.

The board recommended issuing a Request For Qualifications to solicit interested qualified applicants to do the formal facilities assessment. Myles says the assessment will include elementary schools at 5 sites, the middle school and the high school.

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