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R-5 groundbreaking slated Oct. 24

Friday, October 12, 2012

By Ralph Pokorny

Nevada Daily Mail

It will not be long before signs of the new construction at the Nevada High School become obvious.

The Nevada R-5 Board of Education will be conducting the ceremonial groundbreaking for the new performing arts center and multi-purpose building at 7:30 a.m., Oct. 24, with the actual construction slated to begin on Oct. 29.

Aaron Hight, construction manager for Crossland Construction, told the board Wednesday night that they will be receiving and opening bids on Oct. 18 and will then make recommendations to the R-5 board, which will make its decision on the subcontractors during a special meeting at 7 a.m., Oct. 24, before the groundbreaking ceremony.

"We will have 20-25 subcontractors," Hight told the board.

He told the board their current schedule calls for the multi-purpose building to be finished on June 12 and the performing arts center on Aug. 15.

"It's going to be extremely tight, but that's the plan," Hight said.

In a related matter, the board appointed board member Joy Hawks to start the process of forming a committee to name the multi-purpose and performing arts building, per district policy FF, which requires the board to appoint a committee to come up with names for the new buildings.

R-5 Superintendent Dr. David Stephens told the board that a five-member committee made up of students, staff and community members would be adequate.

In other business the board:

* Voted 7-0 to approve the district's bus routes.

* Voted 7-0 to approve a $15,000 amendment to the district's budget to cover the cost of ramps that were installed at Bushwhacker Field to comply with ADA requirements.

* Voted 7-0 to approve policies GBEBC, GBLB, GCBDA, GCPB, GCPD, GCPE, GCPF, GDBDA, GDPB and GDPD with revisions as suggested by Stephens.

During the board's executive session the board voted 7-0 to hire Dr. Tyson Beshore as the district's eighth grade basketball coach.

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