The Thief River Falls Board of Education toured construction sites at CES and LHS prior to their regular meeting Monday.
Education correspondent Lee Richards says two weeks ago, board members were told there was a lot of work yet to be done before the start of school. Those two weeks have gone by and the change is remarkable. Some rooms are completely finished, carpeting and lights have been installed in a majority of areas, some rooms have cabinets and counters installed, some ceilings are finished, and one can detect the presence of air conditioning. The new kindergarten rooms aren’t ready but construction foremen Joe Larrabee and Brandon Kellerman said there is still work to be done, more workers will be coming in, and the buildings will be open for business on Tuesday!
During the regular meeting the Board approved the issuance and sale of General Obligation Bonds for $7,775,000. This is the final portion of funding for Phase Two of the construction project. After discussion, the Board approved a recommendation from the facilities committee to approve the low bid from Davidson Construction of Holt for the parking lot at Lincoln High School. The new lot will have space for 272 cars and will eliminate the east parking lot. Referring to the ongoing construction Superintendent Laine Larson noted: “What an incredible gift the community has given the district by their approval. We are truly blessed to have the opportunity to open our buildings to the students on Tuesday and provide them with a wonderful environment for learning.”