MORTON — The elevator in Morton High School that was installed in 1976 will be getting a much needed overhaul.

School Board members Tuesday approved the low bid of $203,000 from N. Zobrist Construction of Morton to do the work.

"We've had problems with the elevator through the years and there are concerns more problems will develop as the elevator gets older," said Superintendent Jeff Hill.

"Some would say this work is long overdue," said board President Tom Neeley.

The main work in the project involves replacing the machine equipment, renovating the machine equipment room and upgrading the elevator car and shaft.

Controls will be installed so the elevator can be monitored through the building automation system, and the hydraulic ram that drives the elevator up and allows it to come down will be removed and replaced.

"The hydraulic ram is in the ground," Hill said. "This is a good time to replace it. It's more cost-efficient than having it done another time."

Work is expected to begin during spring break and continue through summer.

Also at Tuesday's meeting, the board approved a March 23 trip by the high school orchestra to Powell Symphony Hall in St. Louis to attend a St. Louis Symphony concert. Bus transportation will be provided by the orchestra booster club.

The orchestra goes on a field trip annually to take in a concert by a professional symphony.

Steve Stein can be reached at 686-3114 or Follow him on Twitter @SpartanSteve.