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Board considers several upgrades to Tonica Grade School building

Chuck Schneider, principal-superintendent, Tonica Grade School
Chuck Schneider, principal-superintendent, Tonica Grade School

TONICA — As the district furthers its work on health-life safety issues, Tonica Grade School could move forward on fixing all the documented issues ahead of schedule.

“We might want to look at what are the rest of the health-life safety projects, and maybe we want to just get those done,” said Principal-Superintendent Chuck Schneider.

Schneider made a point that the school’s buildings are not getting any younger, indicating it would be in the district’s interests to move forward on as much work as possible, thus getting ahead of problems that could occur later on.

The large items left on the list include roofing, tuck-pointing and doors. The current roof, for instance, is said to have around three or four years of life left in it.

“You want your roof good, and you want your outside envelope good,” Schneider said.

If the district has money left over from these projects, then it could put that to use for other necessities not covered in the health-life safety documents.

“After all your work is done, if you have any health-life safety money left, then you can use it for other building projects,” Schneider said.

One building project is an Eagle Scout project helmed by the son of board member Ritch Fundell: a shelter, which is hoped to be constructed this summer.

Schneider suggested a late start protocol: “I think the latest we want to start is an hour and a half late.”

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