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WDC board approves construction of new maintenance building

The District 2155 school board approved a new maintenance building construction option Tuesday night which will take free up land for the new secondary school's storm shelter project.

The existing 32x50 maintenance building, which is located near the tennis courts on the northwest side of the new secondary school, must be gone by April 15, according to Krause-Anderson project coordinator Chad Rettke.

The new maintenance building will be constructed north of the tennis courts. In addition to a 40x60 shop, there will be a 40x20 cold storage section for use by the maintenance department and a 40x40 cold storage addition for the district's use.

The price tag of the entire structure is $121,095.

The present maintenance building was built in 1991 by John Aho. Grounds Supervisor Mike Kenney said it was "roughed up" by the EF4 tornado which struck Wadena June 17, 2010, but unlike the adjacent secondary school, and the Wadena Community Center and Leaf River Ag buildings located across the street, it was not destroyed.

Bids on the storm shelter project are due March 1 and will be opened at 2 p.m. in the elementary school cafeteria. A special board meeting to act on the bids is already set for March 8.