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  • Heritage renovations on budget

  • With less than eight months before School of the Osage begins classes for the 2014-15 school year, the Heritage Building renovation is right on schedule.
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  • With less than eight months before School of the Osage begins classes for the 2014-15 school year, the Heritage Building renovation is right on schedule.
    Board of education members received their monthly update Tuesday night during their regular meeting, and approved a handful of change orders as the project nears the halfway mark.
    Drywall in many of the rooms is going up, some windows have been installed, painting has begun, all concrete floors have been poured, fencing has been erected and the flagpole has been installed.
    "We've made tremendous progress," Assistant Superintendent Tony Hermann said.
    And the project remains on budget, he added.
    School of the Osage voters last April approved a $22 million bond issue for renovation and expansion of the Heritage Building, security improvements at district buildings and improvements to the high school.
    The next big decision involves what memorabilia will be placed in the various display cases, and what will be archived. A committee will begin that process early next year. The display cases will be installed around April 1.
    The board also approved several change orders including:
    •Using brushed bronze handrails rather than traditional stainless steal to match the rest of the building
    •Installation of windows in the maintenance area in the lower level
    •A change in ceiling tile in the main hallway
    •The addition of drywall in areas not anticipated for drywall
    •Extra concrete in a lower hallway
    Other business
    •The board approved the purchase of two new, Allied International buses to replace two aging buses that will be removed from the fleet.
    •Learned that Dave Cornett, long-time transportation director, will be retiring. Superintendent Brent Depeé thanked Cornett for his service, noting that Cornett went above and beyond every day. In the last 16 years, School of the Osage has ranked 90 percent or better on annual Missouri Highway Patrol bus inspections.
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