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Hoosier Prairie Elementary School upgrade to be completed before summer's end

Construction crews continue to make upgrades to Hoosier Prairie Elementary School. Doug Tischbein, of the Energy Systems Group, gave a presentation about the project to the Vigo County School Corporation board of trustees this Monday.

Tischbein believes work crews will complete the current work on August 11, a day before the next school year starts. Return students will be greeted by new water fountains, new windows, and a new classroom structure.

Hoosier Prairie Elementary School’s original plans called for an open design. The new project will close off many of the school's classrooms, and the new walls provide additional soundproofing. New windows will reduce energy costs. New energy-saving fountains will comply with the standards set forth by the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Workers will focus on more than the windows, floors, walls and ceilings on the inside of the school. The project requires improvements to the property surrounding the elementary school. Crews will complete two new retaining ponds, and they will replace part of the school’s brick façade. The facade sustained water damage that made the repairs necessary. Installing the new ponds will improve drainage and prevent additional property damage.

Tischbein’s presentation dominated Monday night’s meeting, but the Vigo Performing Arts Society started the meeting by performing two songs from “Don’t Say No to the USO.” The group comprised of students from West, South, and North Vigo High Schools, performed the musical on last month. School Board President Paul Lockhart gave the students certificates of appreciation.

VCSC board members also accepted bids for the new aquatics center and for the Vigo County Schools food service.

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