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By LuAnn Schindler

School board rejects demolition bids for Orchard facility


March 24, 2022

The future of the former Orchard school hit a potential hurdle last Tuesday, as board of education members rejected bids submitted to demolish the former building and move the heating, ventilating and cooling system.

Bids received were from OCC Builders, of Wayne, $398,510; O’Neill Transportation and Equipment, of Grand Island, $468,000 and Rutjen’s Construction, of Tilden, $568,040.

Board member Nate Schwager said called the increase in bids “mind blowing.”

“It’s extremely frustrating,” he said.

President Ed Nordby agreed, noting he thought other companies would submit bids.

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