Wisner-Pilger School Board Moves Ahead With Portable Classrooms For Middle School Students

The Wisner-Pilger School board voted Monday night to move ahead with demolition of the Middle School in Pilger, contingent on the okay from the insurance company.

Damage to the Middle School from the June 16th tornado was too extensive to justify rebuilding, according to B&H Engineer Jim Berg.

"It's our opinion that the costs of repair and also any code-related upgrades would most likely exceed the value of the building," he told the board.

"As such, it is our recommendation that the school district would be better served looking into a replacement building rather than investing in the code-updates and building repair.

Three portable structures, including two classrooms and two restrooms in each, 24 x 68, at an approximate value of $128,000 each, will be coming up from Texas.

They'll be located on the Elementary School playground in Wisner.

Demolition will get underway next week and it should take about a week and a half. It's expected to cost as much as $200,000.

Superintendent Chad Boyer says about 75 students attended the 5th and 6th grades in Pilger and he hopes they can all return.

Those who have moved out of Pilger are asked to contact his office so they can make arrangements for busing and other considerations.

School starts August 14th.

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