RHS greenhouse to be more costly than anticipated

By David Knopf/Richmond News

Upgrades for Richmond High School’s bathrooms and weight room are moving forward, but the school board learned Dec. 10 that a greenhouse project will be more complicated than first thought.

Jeff Southwick, director of support services, told the board the donated greenhouse structure may cost an additional $12,000 to $14,000 to assemble, set on a foundation and equip for students to use.

“We got off to a real good start and then got hit with a kind of curveball in the construction of the greenhouse,” Southwick told the board.

At an earlier board meeting, Southwick reported that Perry Vandiver, a Richmond-area farmer, had donated the greenhouse for school use. Superintendent Damon Kizzire earmarked $25,000 in the budget to cover the cost of a foundation, heating and other equipment needed to make the structure usable as a classroom for FFA students.

Southwick didn’t elaborate on what the additional costs would be, but he did say he was hopeful an FFA grant the district is applying for could cover some of the unanticipated expense.

The district will learn by March 1 if it’s chosen to receive a grant.


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