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School Board approves greenhouse purchase

Example of a typical school greenhouse from Stuppy  Greenhouse Manufacturing.
Example of a typical school greenhouse from Stuppy Greenhouse Manufacturing.
A greenhouse will become the newest educational space at Boone Central Schools, following action by the school board Monday night, Dec. 11.
The school board approved a motion to purchase the 30 x 60 foot greenhouse from Stuppy Greenhouse Manufacturing of Kansas City, MO. It will include an interior shade system, some benching and an irrigation system. Total cost will be $66,550.
As discussed Monday night, the greenhouse would be located on the southeast corner of the school property, south of the wrestling gym.
A full presentation on the greenhouse was made last month by science teacher Katie Wilson. She discussed the advantages of hands-on learning for all grade levels.
The total project budget is $163,500, which would include all concrete, greenhouse erection, an HVAC system, water, electrical and gas service, various accessories and supplies, and a generator.
The plan is to use $140,000 in grant funds from the Albion Education Foundation for this project. The school district will also seek $23,670 in wind farm grant funds that are being held for Boone Central in the Nebraska Community Foundation.
Superintendent Nicole Hardwick said the goal is to start construction in the spring of 2018, with substantial completion by mid-June.
More details of the school board meeting in the Dec. 13 Albion News and Petersburg Press, Print and E-editions.