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Published April 24, 2013, 06:52 PM

Climax-Shelly school to recieve $495,000 remodel

The Climax-Shelly public school is getting a nearly half-million dollar remodel this summer. More than 80 percent of voters approved the $495,000 bond.

The Climax-Shelly public school is getting a nearly half-million dollar remodel this summer. More than 80 percent of voters approved the $495,000 bond.

The average family in the district will see a property tax increase of $7 to $12 a year. Farmers will pay about 80 cents more an acre per year. Officials say this is a small price to pay for such a vital building in the small town. The Climax-Shelly school hasn't seen a major remodel since it was built in 1955.

Norm Baumgarn, Climax-Shelly School Superintendent: "We felt it was important to upgrade our school and keep it going.

It's very viable right now but we're looking to the future saying we need to do this and take care of the building infrastructure so that we stay open and stay a part of the community. Most of the floors will be replaced and the science room will be completely updated.

Norm: "They'll see basically new classrooms that have new flooring and new paint. But they'll also see a new science lab that contains all the latest technology as well."

Climax-Shelly social studies teacher Jordan Aakre says his students can't stop talking about the upgrades.

Jordan: "It's going to be like a new school for many of them next year. That brought smiles to their faces."

And, officials say it's the school that holds the small town together.

Norm: "For us the school is a big part of the community. It's probably the hub of the community. And if there is no school, there probably isn't much left of Climax."

Jordan: "They realize the importance of this school. If this school was to not be here anymore it would really hurt the community, and the people understand that."

The remodel will start in June and should be finished before school starts in August.

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