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Published September 01, 2013, 02:37 PM

Climax-Shelly School gets $495,000 makeover

Nearly half a million dollars in repairs to the Climax-Shelly school building are now wrapping up, just in time for classes to start on Tuesday. This is the biggest remodel to the school since it was built in 1955.

Nearly half a million dollars in repairs to the Climax-Shelly school building are now wrapping up, just in time for classes to start on Tuesday. This is the biggest remodel to the school since it was built in 1955.

Superintendent Norm Baumgarn explains what's new in the science room at the school.

Norm Baumgarn- Climax-Shelly School Superintendent: "We've got an emergency shower system built in now that we didn't have before, and 24 lab stations with computer access for our I Pads and laptop computers."

There's also new floors, and a station designed for handicapped students.

Baumgarn: "You certainly have to stay up to speed on your structure and your facilities."

It's not just the science room, all the classrooms and offices in the building have new floors and paint. Social Studies teacher Jordan Aakre says he appreciates the work.

Jordan Aakre- Climax-Shelly Teacher: "We want the best education possible for the students and the best facilities for them that we can provide, so ya it's a morale booster for everybody."

Baumgarn: "The teachers are very proud to have new rooms. They're also very busy putting their stuff back away."

Earlier this year roughly 85 percent of voters here approved a $495,000 bond to finance the repairs. The superintendent says the average homeowner will pay about $75 a year for 10 years.

Baumgarn: "The school board put a lot of time and effort into that procedure to get the bond passed and the community supported it whole heartedly."

Aakre: "If you show that something has value and you're willing to invest in that, that's encouraging to everybody."

Baumgarn says there's still about $113,000 left to spend on other projects, which might include remodeling the bus garage and replacing windows.

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