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School View A word about construction and bussing at Nevada

Thank you to all the people that have been actively involved and inconvenienced during the most recent High School construction process. Your help and cooperation has been appreciated. Most of the major construction and remodeling has been completed. As always, there are a variety of details that will need to be completed now through the summer of 2014 to complete the project. There have already been several opportunities to tour the updated facilities. If you missed your opportunity, attend an event like a play, basket ball game, parent teacher conference, or soup supper to experience the new and remodeled environment.

Cosmetic, functional, safety, and environmental design modifications now provide for a better environment for our students, staff, and community. The open foyer with school color and how it flows between areas will be the most noticeable visually when you visit. The most noticeable behind the scenes improvement has been in building temperature management. Both the Middle School and High School previously were on a very large energy inefficient boiler system with steam heat and radiators at the High School. The High School is now completely on the ground source heat pump system. This has allowed the district to put on additional areas with classrooms, safe room, and the auditorium, to completely heat and condition the entire space while saving energy costs. With the removal of the old boilers, the Middle School added a new small efficient boiler/heater to provide a more reliable source of heat. Design and technology have had a large impact on building management. It is apparent the last six years of work have been well worth the investment of time and resources for the Nevada community.

As The Transportation Director, I would like to take this opportunity to remind all drivers that there are only two reasons that a bus would be using the amber and red eight way flashers. This would be to load or discharge students to or from the bus. In either case, there will be pedestrians around the bus and sometimes they are unpredictable, small, and fast. Pedestrians always have the right of way. It is illegal to pass a bus from the rear when the amber or red lights are flashing. When meeting a bus from the front and the amber lights are flashing, you are required to slow to 20 mph or less. Be prepared to stop as soon as the red lights flash and the stop arm is extended. The stop sign on the bus is a legal stop sign so you are required to stop when extended. Most violations are from people not paying attention so be aware anytime you are in the vicinity of a bus. Thanks for doing your part in protecting our students.

(Dave Kroese is director of buildings, grounds and transportation for the Nevada School District.)

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