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It took three years, but skylights at 14 schools damaged in a hailstorm that pummeled Lincoln with softball-sized hail in May 2016 will finally be replaced.

The Lincoln Board of Education on Tuesday approved a bid from SGH Redglazing Holdings of Omaha for $2.4 million to replace 159 skylights at the schools — money that will come from the district’s insurance fund.

That’s the last of the repairs from one of the most costly storms to hit the city, which caused about $1 million damage to the still-under-construction Moore Middle School.

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That damage was repaired first, but it took two years of haggling with the insurance company before the district reached an agreement to fix Kloefkorn Elementary School's damaged roof for $521,500.

It took another four months to settle on the amount to fix the skylights.

 

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Education reporter

Margaret Reist is a Lincoln native, the mom of three high school graduates now navigating college and an education junkie who covers students, teachers and policymakers inside and outside the K-12 classroom.

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