Back to School 2019-2020 Construction Update 

Below is a construction update as we prepare for back to school. I want to make sure everyone is informed of what is happening and what everyone can expect. Let me know if you have any questions. 

  • The Auditorium has been demolished and filled in. Demo went as planned. The exposed doors on the west wall of the junior high have been secured both from the inside and outside with insulation in between. The doorways are secure and safe.
  • Dirt work is being completed at BHS to prepare for footings. This work will be completed before students return.
  • Bid opening for the BHS project will be August 22nd. The board will meet on August 28th to award bids. There will be 38 different bid categories, so many contractors.
  • No more work is scheduled at BHS until mid-late September once bids are awarded, contracts signed, permit received from state, etc.
  • Door #2 by the BHS office will be in use, though it will be walking across plywood. The main entrance will also be open.
  • Safety walls will be installed in the hallway up the ramp toward the junior high so it is ready for work on the exterior wall. The hallway will be narrowed.
  • Remember that 14th street and Elizabeth Ave north of BHS will be one way streets.
  • School buses will be unloading and loading north of BHS.
  • The entrance by the junior high will be open for the school year.
  • All BHS entrances and junior high will be open for Open House and into September.
  • At NS all entrances will be open for Open House.
  • After Open House safety fencing will be installed so the main entrance will not be usable. Safety fencing will also be going up on the west end of NS.
  • Most of the East of NS will still be available for staff parking. Parking will be the same at NS as last year expect for about 6 slots.
  • The new parking lot will not be constructed until the summer as to not take up playground space and for safety.
  • There will be a “Ground Breaking” Ceremony at NS on August 27th at 2:00 p.m.
  • Significant work on the exterior NS will begin the end of August.
  • Remember that the street in front of NS will be a one-way going west. Signs will be posted before school starts.

Dennis Laumeyer
Benson Public Schools Superintendent

Posted by lori.eix On 09 August, 2019 at 1:20 PM  

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