Trucks begin hauling tons of dirt to new elementary school site in east Beatrice
BEATRICE – Side dump trucks have begun hauling multiple loads of additional dirt to the site of the proposed prekindergarten to fifth grade elementary facility, being built on school district-owned land north of Beatrice High School.
Trucks are using a temporary road carved out of crop land along a recreation trail, to access the site. The Beatrice Public School District has been leasing the property for farming use up until the district chose to go forward with the school project. The facility site will use the north third of the tract owned by District 15, that stretches from U.S. Highway 136 to Lincoln Street.
Beatrice Public Schools Superintendent Jason Alexander says hundreds of truckloads of dirt will be delivered to the site, from a borrow pit south of the Beatrice YMCA.
The temporary road was established to reduce the potential for damage to 33rd Street, an asphalt road which is along the east side of the school site.
Site preparation has been underway for the new two-level elementary facility, which will replace three separate elementary buildings and a preschool, with a single facility.