Benson schools seek lease of north civic center

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Benson Public Schools is moving ahead with plans for leasing the north end of the Benson Civic Center.

Benson’s CNH Industrial has leased the space for years, but this past spring notified the city that it would be moving out. That opened the possibility for the school district to use the 14,000-square-foot area for its gymnastics program as well as other events. The gymnastics program would need about half the space.

Currently, gymnastics is housed in the Benson Armory. However, the space is barely adequate for competitive events and there are safety concerns with the cramped quarters.

The school district is also looking for space for its programs with the Junior High School now out of commission for at least the coming school year. This past spring a small section of the ceiling in the auditorium fell onto the seating area resulting in the facility being shut down. The school board is studying options for not only fixing the ceiling, but renovating the auditorium at the same time.

Monday night the Benson City Council briefly discussed the lease proposal. However, before taking action it has decided to wait until it receives written notification from the property management company CNH uses requesting an early termination to the lease....


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