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Brad Pollitt

The Sedalia school board heard preliminary discussion this week for the project to expand Smith-Cotton High School. Superintendent Brad Pollitt said the long-term goal is to prevent over-crowding in their growing district.  “In 2010 when we completed our high school, it was a 10 through 12 building,” said Pollitt, “In the infrastructure of the building, we had an in-fill area that was left basically open at the time to cut down and make sure that we came in on-budget for the high school.   That’s what we call the freshman fill area and our maintenance staff, over the last year, has been putting walls up and completing that area.  Our goal is to move our freshman out to our high school so we can realign our district like we did five years ago.”

“With that process, we need to add a few more additional classroom spaces to the high school, ” said Pollitt, “At the board meeting Monday night, the board gave me permission to go out for bid for a construction manager to start the process of building onto our high school.”

Smith-Cotton will become a 9th through 12th grade campus at the beginning of the 2015-2016 school year, even though the entire project is not expected to be completed at that time.  According to Pollitt, they expect the price tag to be in the range of $3.5 to $4.5 million.