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Construction delays start of school for some Beatrice students

August 17, 2018

BEATRICE -- Students at one Beatrice school will get a later start as the result of a delayed construction project.

Paddock Lane Elementary will open Monday. Students in other Beatrice schools started classes Wednesday.

Work to add on to the elementary school in northeast Beatrice was supposed to be completed by Aug. 1, though a variety of setbacks pushed that date back.

The project’s architect and construction company representatives attended Monday’s Beatrice School Board meeting to discuss the project, and what caused the delays.

Ray Kidd with Rogge General Contracting of Lincoln said there have been several small issues that led to larger setbacks, resulting in the building not being ready in time for the school year.

“You get one guy that backs us up a week and it just kind of snowballs as you go forward,” he said.

The $1.128 million contract with Rogge General Contracting was approved in November.

The project includes six classrooms that replace four portable classrooms previously used at Paddock Lane, with two additional classrooms to accommodate more students.

Beatrice Public Schools recently restructured its elementary school attendance areas after converting the former Cedar Elementary into a preschool-only facility.

Finishing touches to Paddock Lane will still be necessary once school begins, though the School Board was told that any work will be done after school hours or on the weekends.

That assurance was little comfort to many board members who expressed disappointment that the project was behind schedule.

“... You have kids who are excited to go to school, they have siblings who are going to school and what it does to our staff to have to locate in one area and move again,” said board member Janet Byars. “I’m very disappointed in how this whole project has gone.”

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