USD 234 construction continues as first day of school approaches

With the approval of the $40.8 million school bond package in November of 2014 and the beginning of summer break, construction equipment has been a common sight around Fort Scott High School.

“It’s messy,” superintendent Bob Beckham said Monday. “But it’s exciting and it’ll all be worth it in the end.”

With school starting for USD 234 on Thursday and with the first scrimmage football game to be held Friday night, some of that mess will disappear as projects around the stadium wrap up in the next few days.

This week, workers will finish installing the artificial turf at the football stadium, sewing on lettering, lines, numbers and a large Tiger paw to be displayed on the center of the field. The field’s new lighting, fence and jumping pit will also be on display in time for a ceremony to be held Friday before the start of the red and white game.

The three-story, junior college wing has also been demolished and is ready for work to begin for the new science lab and administrative offices to be constructed there.

Other work scheduled to begin is the new gymnasium as well as high-wind shelters to be established in each of the schools in the months ahead, whether in the schools’ cafeterias or other buildings.

Workers lay artificial turf at the high school football stadium in preparation for the new season.
Workers lay artificial turf at the high school football stadium in preparation for the new season.
The demolition of the junior college wing at the Fort Scott High School prepares the way for further construction.
The demolition of the junior college wing at the Fort Scott High School prepares the way for further construction.

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