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Gary Holler, of Schaefer, Johnson, Cox and Frey Architecture, presents the survey of the area of Jones Park where the district’s new track and field will be constructed.

Jeremy Gaston | Editor

OSAGE CITY—The Osage City USD 420 Board of Education continued progress on a facilities improvements project at a special meeting July 31 in the Osage City High School library.

Kenton Cox, Shannon Bohm and Gary Holler, of Schaefer, Johnson, Cox and Frey Architecture, were on hand to discuss updates on the project, including the feasibility within the budget of optional gym placement, design work on the track and field, and the continuation of the process of hiring an at risk construction manager.

Cox and Bohm reviewed plans that would change the placement of the planned storm shelter and gym gym. The board reviewed the initial plans, as well as two options, noting the cost of each.

Both options include renovation of the existing middle school gym to function as a weight room and fitness area, including filling in old locker rooms, raising the floor, removing the balconies and adding heating and air conditioning.

The board set a community information meeting for 7 p.m. Aug. 16 in the auditorium, during the back-to-school night. Cox will be on hand to discuss details of the changes with the public.

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