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Construction begins on SCHS addition

Construction is underway on an addition at Schuyler Central High School.

Ground was broken April 18 on an approximately 8,000-square-foot project that will add six classrooms and a music room to the building.

Work will continue through the rest of the school year and into the summer months. The project is expected to be completed in October, according to Schuyler Community Schools Superintendent Dan Hoesing.

The extra space is needed to accommodate a growing student body. There are more than 540 students at SCHS this school year, a jump from about 475 in 2014-15.

“We’ve outgrown our space inside our building. We also have an increase in specialty classes like ELL (English language learners),” Hoesing said.

There has also been an increase in the number of students taking band and vocal music programs.

The project was designed by BCDM Architects of Omaha and Bierman Contracting Inc. will handle the construction work. The Columbus-based company’s contract of $996,500 was the lowest among five construction bids submitted to the district.

BCDM Architects will be paid 9 percent of the construction cost for its design services.

The addition on the southeast side of the school will eliminate the need for portable classrooms and address safety concerns associated with students leaving the main building to go to the temporary classrooms throughout the day.

Removing the portable buildings will also create more parking space.

The project timeline allows for the portable buildings to be used during the construction process. Hoesing said construction work shouldn't disrupt the school day.

Christina Lieffring, Lee Enterprises 

Schuyler Central High School held a carnival-themed prom Saturday night at the Oak Ballroom. Pictured, from left, Iris Medina, Guadalupe Ramirez and Jose Corona dance during the event. Look for more prom photos on page A4.

Students showcase talents at music contest

COLUMBUS — Schuyler Central High School students showed off their musical talents last week at the District II Music Contest.

The three-day event at Central Community College-Columbus featured 345 entries in instrumental and vocal events. The first day of the competition on Thursday showcased pianists and string instruments. That was followed by bands, choirs and large ensembles on Friday. The contest ended Saturday with duets and soloists.

This is the 47th year CCC-C has hosted the contest. Individual and group performances were judged and awarded ratings ranging from I (best) to V.

Results for SCHS students are:

Groups – Rating I: Mixed duet. Rating II: Band, girls quartet, girls trio and mixed chorus.

Individuals – Rating I: Kasey Brabec, French horn; Jasmine de la Torre, piano; Erik Hernandez, male voice; Oscar Mendoza, cornet/trumpet; and Maria Semerad, baritone. Rating II: Chloe Beltrand, female voice; Connor Bywater, trombone; Jasmine de la Torre, female voice; Ashley Dias Correa, female voice; Dalia Hernandez, female voice; Brayden Rocha, male voice; and Jessica Sorsen, female voice. Rating III: Yessica Rodriguez, female voice.

Results for Clarkson/Leigh students are:

Groups – Rating I: Band. Rating II: Girls triple trio and mixed chorus. Rating III: Girls duet.

Individuals – Rating I: Holly Kuhr, trombone. Rating II: Megan Bahns, cornet/trumpet; Sydney Folken, female voice; Cassandra Harper, female voice; and Garrett Schroeder, baritone.

Police station renovation moving along

The Schuyler City Council awarded a contract last week for phase three of the police department renovation project.

Columbus-based M&O Door Products will be paid $6,900 to install bullet-proof glass around the dispatch area.

Police Chief K.C. Bang said the project is currently in phase two, which involves interior construction in the entry hallway and the installation of a bullet-proof bank teller window.

Phase one replaced the station's door, which was not secure, and phase four will add security cameras around the building.

In other business, fees for the annual Spring Fling scheduled for June 16-17 were set at $5 for cars, $10 for pickups and $15 for trailers. The council also authorized cleanup for the activity.

The council also approved:

• an application from Ka-Boomer’s Enterprises Inc. to sell fireworks at 122 E. 16th St. from June 25 through July 4.

• a crop permit from Michael Madej to plant milo on property inside the former Sumner Wrights Addition.

• a $7,512 payment to J. Hulsey Contracting for sidewalk improvements along Colfax Street from 22nd Street to the Cobblestone Inn driveway. Construction was expected to begin Monday.

• a substantial completion certificate and payment of $21,625 to Kohl Construction Inc. for the U.S. Highway 30 ditch cleanup.