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Tekamah schools portable classrooms

Tekamah-Herman Elementary soon will be disposing of its portable classrooms. One will be sold by sealed bid.

So what’s a former portable classroom, one that you have to move yourself, worth on the open market?

Not much, apparently.

Tekamah-Herman Superintendent Dan Gross told the school’s Board of Education July 8 that he received no bids for the place.

“Zero,” he said. “The city had shown some interest, but they decided not to (bid).”

“The question now is what do we do with it?”

The district is prohibited by law from giving the structure away. He told the board he would look into salvage options, among other ideas.

The biggest problem in selling the building, Gross said, is the cost to move the structure is more than twice the projected sale value of $2,600.

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The other portable on the school campus, the one it rents from Williams Scotsman, is scheduled to be removed July 22.

The portables are being removed as the district looks to consolidate all of its classes inside the main buildings.

Preschool classes currently are held in one of the portable classrooms on the school’s west side. Moving the preschool into existing space started a cascade of other moves.

The preschool is moving into one of the kindergarten rooms. The kindergarten class is moving to the elementary library. The library is moving into the south half of the high school library, making it a K-12 facility and displacing the distance learning lab.

The other portable has housed the K-4 music program. The music room will be moved into the current ag classroom, marking the beginning of a transformation that will turn most of the 1955 addition into a fine arts area.

The ag classes will meet on the auditorium stage until their new home in the Ford building is ready.

Last Tuesday, nearly a dozen contractors attended a pre-biddign meeting to gather information on the planned renovation of the Ford building. Gross said bids for the work must be received by July 25. A contract is expected to be awarded at a special school board meeting the next week.

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