SJO school district nearing end of rebuilding process after fire

SJO school district nearing end of rebuilding process after fire

On June 16, 2011, the bus barn at St. Joseph-Ogden High School caught on fire and was a total loss.

Superintendent Jim Acklin said five buses, a driver's education car, three tractors, athletic and maintenance equipment and so much more were all destroyed in the blaze.  Acklin said the damage totalled about $1.2 million to the structure and its contents.

But, three separate buildings are now being built:  a concession stand with restrooms, a maintenance building and an athletic storage facility.

Acklin said the buildings are a major improvement over the original structure.

Acklin said the school buses will continue to be parked outside for now, until enough property can be aquired to extend the maintenance shed to the south.

Acklin said it has been a difficult rebuilding process the last 14 months.

Acklin said he expects the work on the three buildings to be completed in the next two weeks.  He said the district's insurance company covered most of the construction of the three new buildings, but he says the district spent about $60,000 beyond what was covered by the insurance.  He says that money came out of reserve funds and not from taxpayer dollars.

For an extended interview with Superintendent Acklin, click here.