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Lyman School District expansion again meets city council discussion

PRESHO -- The future's bright for the Lyman School District. After the Presho City Council denied the school's request to vacate a portion of a local road to accommodate an expansion project, the council met Tuesday and took the first step to rev...

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PRESHO - The future's bright for the Lyman School District.

After the Presho City Council denied the school's request to vacate a portion of a local road to accommodate an expansion project, the council met Tuesday and took the first step to reversing its decision.

According to Presho Mayor Mike Sprenger, three members of the council formed a committee in recent weeks and met with members of the school's building committee and "hammered out the one issue there was" that caused the council to deny the initial request. The issue was which entity will replace a sewer line that runs beneath the road in question. Sprenger said the district agreed to pay that cost.

At Tuesday's meeting, the Presho City Council approved the committee report and will vote on the vacation of the roadway at its Feb. 5 meeting, when Sprenger anticipates it will be approved.

And for Presho, the upgrades to the school would prove valuable for the entire town, Sprenger said, so the council is "definitely in favor" of making it a reality.

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The $9 million project is projected to add 41,000 square feet to the Presho facility and 10,600 square feet to the Kennebec site.

In Presho, the school board proposed building four new middle school classrooms, six high school classrooms and a kitchen and commons area, which would link the building to the gym. Also proposed is to demolish the former elementary school and build an auxiliary gym in its place.

Meanwhile, in Kennebec, it is proposed to add a section of four new classrooms, administrative offices and dining areas. The section would connect the current school building and the gym/lunchroom.

"When people think about moving to town, the first thing they look at is the school if they have kids," Sprenger said. "It's the main attraction in a small town, and we want to make sure it's upgraded and up-to-date."

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