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Construction begins on new ag facility

By Brian Knox | Published Saturday, July 26, 2014

Ground has been broken on construction of a new agriculture facility at Decatur High School.

School board members heard a brief update at Monday’s school board meeting.

DIGGING DEEP – Construction crews have begun work on Decatur High School’s new agriculture facility, which is expected to be finished by late October. Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

“It’s moving pretty slow,” Superintendent Rod Townsend said. “We’ve had some rain that’s been delaying us. The ditches were all full of water (Monday) morning. We had to pump those out. Hopefully, the plan is to pour the slab next Tuesday. … I don’t think there’s any way we can get it done by the first of October, but hopefully by mid-October or late October.”

The board approved the $800,000 construction project in May due to the number of students who are participating in the ag program at the high school.

In other business the board:

  • learned that the school’s summer feeding program had made nearly $5,000 for the district. Townsend said the district served between 200 and 250 kids during the month of June.
  • approved giving Townsend temporary authority to hire teachers through Sept. 4. Townsend said several teachers have resigned this summer, and replacements need to be hired as soon as possible.
  • honored HR secretary Stephanie Weitner as the support staff employee of the month.

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