Center Grove schools building salt barn

Center Grove is building a salt barn to have a place to store salt needed for its parking lots and sidewalks around its schools and other buildings.

Center Grove school board members approved spending $267,000 to construct a salt barn. The money is coming from a loan the school district took out for equipment and other expenses.

The school district is currently using a bay at the back of the technology center, which was previously a transportation facility, for salt storage. Once the salt barn is built and the salt is moved, the bay can be used to store technology and other items, such as textbooks, school district spokeswoman Stacy Conrad said.

Officials rejected bids earlier this summer, since they had come in at $398,000 — above the $300,000 budget for the project.

Work will begin as soon as the permits are all received, and is expected to be done in October, Center Grove assistant superintendent Bill Long said.

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Annie Goeller is managing editor of the Daily Journal. She can be reached at agoeller@dailyjournal.net or 317-736-2718.