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School board approves bond for $2 million worth of district improvements

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A KOTA Territory school board approves a $2 million bond for district–wide improvements.

Morrill High School will undergo a major renovation in coming–months that will significantly increase the building's energy efficiency.

The project includes a new high–efficiency heating and cooling system and replacement of the school's existing lights and windows with high–efficiency products.  

Superintendent Nick Schafer says the upgrades should reduce utility costs by roughly $25 thousand a year.

"The main project here is to put air conditioning in this building," says Schafer.  "We've never had it. When the temp outside gets to 90–degrees, we let school out at 1:30 in the afternoon because if it's 90 outside, it's probably 95 inside.  It's just unbearable."

The district's elementary school will also get some improvements including new roofing and a nearly–new boiler.  The boiler will come from the high school, once its new heating and cooling system is installed.  

In addition, the District will receive nearly $200 thousand worth of teacher's trainings and professional curriculum development software to improve district academics.

Schafer says the school has received a $1.8 million 'Qualified Zone Academy Bond' to help with improvements.

"What it is a zero-percent interest loan from the federal government but it also gives our school board the authority on their own vote to levy additional tax money," says Schafer.

Construction is expected to start in late spring.  Schafer says the high school's air conditioning should be installed by the time school starts again in the fall.

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