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A tad much

CC/E PK playground estimate comes in high

The Clay Central/Everly school board on April 24 received a bit of sticker shock.

Members reviewed an estimate for playground upgrades at the Nature Learning Center, which is used by preschool students at recess. Boland Recreation, of Marshalltown, returned a quote for $390,815 to revamp amenities in the area.

"Are we building with diamonds or what?" asked Board Member Allison Goyette. "I think $390,000 is slightly atrocious."

While the price tag made eyes pop, CC/E Director of Student Services Michelle Huntress reminded the board that it asked preschool staff to come up with their "pie in the...