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Wet spring delays Ramsey school project

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By Rich Bauer, Managing Editor

A wet spring has translated into issues with a major building project as the Ramsey School District prepares for the fall return of students.

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Because of that, district officials have had to create an alternate plan for students coming into and leaving the two school buildings each day.
The building improvements in the district include the construction of a 22,840-square-foot addition that will house eight classrooms, including a new band room, and a 300-seat gymnasium.
Also in the project is a new parking lot on the east side of the grade school.
The construction of the new parking lot was to be in the first phase of the project, Superintendent Melissa Ritter said, but a wet spring delayed that work.
District officials granted the request from the general contractor, Poettker Construction of Breese, to shift to the second phase, which includes the construction of new main entrances for both the grade school and high school.
Late last week, workers were busy on the main entrances.
“We’ve been assured that they will be ready,” Ritter said.
Because of the delays caused by bad weather, Ritter worked with others in the district in creating a plan for parking and student drop-off and pickup, both for those riding with parents and on school buses.
A map showing that plan accompanies this story.