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Planning begins for new Superior Junior High annex

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SUPERIOR - It took three tries to approve a school bond in Superior, but voters in Mineral County recently passed the request to build a new junior high annex and add additional classrooms.

The cost of the proposed building plan is just over $3.2 million. Reporter  Kent Luetzen spoke with school officials, who shared more about the next steps in this major project.

Superior Schools Superintendent Scott Kinney says there are still a few hurdles to get through, like gathering requests from contractors, before creating a concrete timeline for the project.

“The opportunity to get in line with construction project… anyone who drives in Missoula knows that contractors are extremely busy now," Kinney said. "We want to get in on their schedule as soon as possible so they could be swinging hammers all throughout the summer and not have to wait.”

The current junior high was built in 1959 as a grocery store and was later purchased by the school in the 1970s and re-purposed. Kinney says the original building was not meant to hold students and classrooms.

“This is an opportunity to have real classrooms, a metal shop and a wood shop as well as a CAD [Computer Aided Design] classroom -- because we do teach CAD in our building -- and...a true health enhancement classroom," Kinney said.

Organizers say that as the project moves forward community input is essential.

“In past experiences the time you haven’t had that input there’s been issues with the end users," teacher Daniel McGee said. "I feel that it’s the most important of it to get the buy,  in especially with the commitment with the community input that we’ve had in the process of selling the bond has really been an integral part in getting to this point.”

Kinney says that with new tech and health enhancement classrooms students will be better prepared to enter the workforce and the community will have another resource for adult education as well.

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