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Osakis School Board hears project updates

Multiple projects were discussed at the Osakis School Board's regular meeting on Monday, Oct. 11.

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The dirt work has begun for the Osakis School District's bus garage.

The project was discussed at the Osakis School Board's regular meeting on Monday, Oct. 11.

Superintendent Randy Bergquist said the dirt work should be completed "before it freezes," but construction might not happen until July of next year due to the length of time it will take the materials to arrive.

The bus garage will be located on First Avenue East near Rush Street, a couple blocks southeast of the school, land which was purchased by the school in March.

The facility will be able to accommodate 15 buses and three vans, along with wash and maintenance bays and support space.

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The garage will cost approximately $2 million, with drive-through doors and gravel work costing an additional $130,000, it was reported at the school board's July meeting.

The barn's drive-through doors will enable the buses to exit the barn without having to back out.

The school board also discussed the progress of the project to add five new tennis courts to its existing three.

Bergquist said there is an agreement between the district and the current landowner, but according to the school attorney, the address of the vacated land was wrong and must be changed.

"Hopefully in three weeks we'll have it all done and it'll be Osakis's," Bergquist said.

Bergquist also gave an update on the plan to replace the high school gym's air conditioning system.

"We've actually got a couple bids, but we're looking at now … doing it in the spring, right at the beginning of June, so it's ready to go for volleyball season and everything else," he said. "That's our goal, to have it done probably by July 1 at the latest."

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