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Art Room Change:  Art teacher Jenessa Grossman transitioned to a new classroom (room 412) at the beginning of second semester. The kiln has been set and wired right outside the room in the welding shop, outlets have been wired in the room, cabinets removed, projector mounted, and countertop and sinks removed from the current art room and installed into the new art location.


Old Art Room:  Band will move into the current art room during the time of the auditorium construction. The move will begin once Art is situated in the new room.


Current Auditorium:  The tentative plan is to demolish the auditorium before the 2019-2020 school year begins. We are discussing options for the ALC location. With the plan to demolish the auditorium this coming summer, we want to have everything moved out of that space before the end of the school year.


Builders Risk Insurance:  From the on-going category of “we don’t know, what we don’t know”. School districts need to carry Builders Risk Insurance both to cover on-site materials as well as “Soft Cost” Risk Insurance. Dave and I are working with the district insurance broker to secure insurance for these areas.


Bond Funds:  Bond Funds were received on December 6th and have been invested with PFM. Following the initial draw schedule, the funds have been invested in a mix of short and long term accounts. Liquidity is important so the district has funds to pay invoices as they come in, but invest long term to maximize return. School Districts are very restricted in where funds can be invested.


Gym Remodel:  Contracts are being prepared and contractors have ordered performance/payment bonds and insurance certifications. Pending the final building permit, contractors should be ready to go on the gym remodel the week of December 17th.


Posted by lori.eix  On Mar 28, 2019 at 1:38 PM

The East gym project continues to move forward. Looking at the construction timeline, all of the indoor remodel and mechanical work is scheduled to be completed during the summer of 2020. To ensure that all of the construction is completed, school calendars will be adjusted to provide 16 weeks of construction time during the summer of 2020. School calendars for 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 will allow for 16 weeks – or “Summer Slam” - as contractors refer to these summer school projects.

Posted by lori.eix  On Mar 28, 2019 at 10:32 AM

The school board sold bonds and approved the bond with an interest rate of 3.57%. This is below the estimated rate, saving tax payers $2 million over the 20 year bond. Closing will be December 6th.

Bids were opened for the new gym remodel. The new gym will be called the “East” Gym. The base bid and two alternates (one for 4 basketball hoops and one for new bleachers) recommended to be accepted are over $100,000 below budget. The school board will take action on the bids at the Tuesday meeting. The project is slated to begin December 1st and be completed around April 1, 2019. Please note that the area south of the Trades House to the parking spots by the DK playground and receiving room door areas will be used for staging construction equipment so there will be no staff parking in those areas. Thank you for locating other areas to park.

The school board will be interviewing a construction management company at the board meeting on Tuesday evening. The goal is to have a construction manager that works with the architects during pre-planning, work on bid plans, set a reasonable construction schedule, work with budgeting on the project, keep contractors on budget, keep contractors on schedule, provide daily quality control, etc.

The process of changing spaces to accommodate construction phases is beginning. As part of the plan, the art room will be relocated to the far NE room at BHS (next to the metal shop). The NE room will be renovated over the next 3-4 weeks. The current art room will be used by band during construction.

Posted by lori.eix  On Mar 28, 2019 at 10:18 AM
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