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One year recovery

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(CNA photo by BAILEY POOLMAN)
Lewis Construction puts in a door frame on the south end of the Burton R. Jones Center for Education Thursday. The project also includes adding a conference room and private offices inside, as well as extra parking outside.

Construction is underway.

Last April, a tornado plowed its way through Creston, and one building destroyed was Green Hills Area Education Agency (GHAEA). Since then, Lewis Construction began renovating the southern section of the Burton R. Jones Center for Education, located at 801 N. Elm St.

“It’s been a long year,” said Lane Plugge, GHAEA chief administrator. “We found the Creston community very helpful in this.”

The GHAEA building, originally located at 1405 N. Lincoln St., was a complete loss. The roof was ripped off and the walls had come down. There was also water damage from rain that ruined many materials inside. No one was injured. Records that had been kept in fireproof cabinets were saved.

GHAEA rented space in Creston before coming to an agreement with Creston School District to share the Burton R. Jones building.

“Certainly, we had a lot of our staff members put in extra time to get where we are today,” Plugge said.

Renovations include the addition of restrooms, private offices, open office work space, computer rooms, a reception area, hearing booth, break room and conference room. Renovations are expected to be finished mid-May.

“A positive thing that’s coming out of this is having a partnership with Creston Community School District,” said Plugge.

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