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OSAGE CITY—With the intent of better serving the students and community, the USD 420 Board of Education moved to proceed with plans to place the new gymnasium and shelter between the primary gym and middle school.

The option was introduced to the board shortly after the April bond election, and received consideration from the board, staff and community at a public meeting last month before receiving the go-ahead from the board. The gym and shelter were originally slated to be built west of the elementary school gym when the facilities improvements projects were voted on by the district.

“We’re moving forward,” said USD 420 Superintendent Troy Hutton. “The board wanted to go ahead and seal the deal on moving the gym. There may be some adjustments, but for the most part, the concept of that plan was approved.”

At the Sept. 12 regular meeting, the board also moved forward with the process of hiring an at-risk construction manager to oversee all of the facility’s improvement projects. A committee of board members, staff and representatives from Schaefer Johnson Cox Frey Architecture will narrow down the selection process to three finalists Sept. 20. Interviews with each candidate will then be conducted by the committee and sent to the board for approval.

In related business, the board also accepted a $300,000 grant from the Jones Trust to assist with the capital campaign for a combined track and football stadium. The new track and field were also part of the April bond election.

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