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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Canton-Galva construction to be completed by fall

  • Despite rain-caused delays, construction at Canton-Galva High School is pressing forward with plans to wrap up before the start of school in fall.
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  • Despite rain-caused delays, construction at Canton-Galva High School is pressing forward with plans to wrap up before the start of school in fall.
    Concrete was being poured for a library expansion, restrooms and hallway on the north side of the building Wednesday. Bill Seidl, superintendent of Canton-Galva school district, said he expects that area of construction to make progress.
    “The weather hasn't cooperated to get this going,” Seidl said. “Once it's done, they can get walls up.”
    Upgrades and expansions are being made on classrooms as well vocational classes. Other rooms and science labs are being improved, and there will be five new classrooms to accommodate sixth- and seventh-grade students attending the high school next year.
    The high school isn't the only building getting upgrades. The building in Galva, which will serve as an elementary school in fall, has had three classrooms added, and the repaired gym was scheduled to be painted over the weekend.
    The gym at that building suffered fire damage last year.
    Gym facilities are getting attention at the high school as well. The construction includes a new gym and weight room. Seidl said the old gym and weight room will still be used for events.
    Seidl said the new gym areas are constructed from 12-inch think concrete, making them good places to shelter during severe weather.
    “They're not FEMA-approved, but if there's a tornado, I know where I'm going,” Seidl said.
    The front office space is also being rebuilt to be more secure.
    Construction started in June 2013. Though rain has delayed some aspects, Seidl said the district plans to have the building ready for students by the time school starts in fall. He said workers have been able to work on indoor projects when inclement weather prevented outdoor activities.
    The construction at both schools fits well with the district's reorganization, which will allow the district to use teachers more effectively by eliminating mid-day commutes from one building to another.
    He also said he hopes the communities will be proud of the updated buildings.
    “It speaks highly of our community to support us,” Seidl said. “Our goal is to make something they can be proud of.”
    Contact Josh Arnett by email at jarnett@mcphersonsentinel.com and follow him on Twitter @ArnettSentinel.

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