Street to be closed for remainder of school construction project
by Tim Linscott
A portion of Eighth Street in Grant, running along the high school building, will be closed until the completion of the new addition to the school.
Power was cut to the high school last week to change the electrical panel.
A new panel will be added to handle the power load of the new building, necessitating shutting off power until that project is complete.
Due to no power in the building, the superintendent’s office has temporarily moved to the middle school in Madrid.
Perkins County Public Schools Superintendent, Phillip Picquet, hopes to have his office back in Grant at the high school location by the end of July. He believes power will be restored to the building within the next week.
Eighth Street will be closed for safety issues.
“There is a lot of equipment and activity around that area, so we will be fencing it off for safety reasons,” Picquet said.
A multiple gate, chain-link fence will be constructed in the week to 10 days to secure an area. The fence will be angled to allow for the house on the corner, directly across from the high school to the north, access in and out of their driveway.
Other homes in the closed area, will have to go around to other access points, according to Picquet.
Bus drivers will have access in and out of the fenced in area once the school year starts.
The parking challenge that has been created from the construction project is a work-in-progress.
Picquet said he and the school board have been going over possible scenarios and options for accommodating parking during the school year for football games and other activities.
“We are still working on the situation. We do not have a solid answer at this point, however, there are some options that we are working on,” Picquet said.