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May 16, 2012
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RB school gym breaks ground:  Ceremony to be held @ RB today

By JANE HUH - jhuh@shawmedia.com

Created: Wednesday, May 16, 2012 5:30 a.m. CDT

RICHMOND – A local high school’s gymnasium finally is poised for a significant face-lift this summer after a decade of planning for the nearly $6 million project.

Officials of Richmond-Burton High School and community members will gather at 6:30 p.m. today at the school gym, 8311 N. Route 31 in Richmond, for a groundbreaking ceremony on a 30,650-square-foot field house.

Construction is scheduled to start in June and be completed in December, architect John Maurer said.

In February, the District 157 Board approved expanding the 10,000-square-foot gym at a cost of $5.8 million, including professional fees and contingencies.

At the Feb. 28 meeting, Maurer told the school board it was positioned to afford the project and shouldn’t expect to see additional costs, a concern of some residents.

Some doubted the need to expand the gymnasium and questioned whether $6 million accumulated for the project could go toward other priorities. The expansion calls for an indoor track, separate locker rooms for students in athletics, more storage and office space, and three courts.

Superintendent Dan Oest and board members say the expansion has been needed since the high school was built in 2000.

Since the school was built, the district has accumulated reserves under its building and grounds fund, deferring expansion until it could financially sustain its annual operations.

To see a diagram of the gymnasium’s expansion plan, go online to the school’s website at www.rbchs.com. (NWHerald 5/16/12)

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