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Important capital project information - Vote to be held November 15th


As many of you are aware, the administration and board of education have been hard at work looking for possible options to move our building project forward.  At their second September board meeting, the board voted to move forward with one of those scenarios.  On November 15th, community residents will be asked to return to the polls in order to grant the district permission to expend additional money, using some reserves that the district has on hand, to complete the project as close to its original design as possible.  A vote of “yes” means that the district will have your permission to spend the money and use the reserves with no additional tax impact on the community.  Construction will be able to begin at the end of June of 2017.  A vote of “no” sends the board and administration back to the drawing board.  A re-design of the project will necessitate that plans be re-submitted to state ed for review and approval, a process now taking between 12 and 15 months.  This will certainly delay construction until at least 2018.

 

The purpose of this message today is to review the items that were either removed from the project as it is currently proposed, or things that have been value-engineered to save money.  For those of you unfamiliar with the term, value-engineering is a process where options for completing work are examined and a less expensive, yet viable, option chosen as a means of saving money while still delivering a quality product.  What follows is the list of changes:

 
  • Removal of KCH HVAC work and related controls (this will need to be completed in the next few years)

  • Removal of retrofitting existing KCH and DMS entrances with service windows to improve entrance security (designs will be re-examined and work completed in another manner if deemed necessary)

  • HS Auditorium Bathrooms will not receive a facelift

  • Replace wood panel in HS entrances with something other than phenolic panels (possibly tile)

  • Remove the canopy that would have been constructed to cover part of the entrance to the HS

  • Change designed full glass partitions in new HS library to a knee wall with framed windows

  • Use stock framed magnetic whiteboards in classrooms rather than full wall magnetic whiteboard surface application

  • Use a tile over tile application in high school corridor re-tiling work

  • Install a less expensive type of laboratory table in our new science rooms than those originally specified

  • Eliminate site work pertaining to parking lot expansion and bus loop work at HS

  • Eliminate the drinking fountain that was to be installed in the music hallway in the HS

 

By examining the aforementioned items and making these changes, the district was able to reduce the budget of the project to a point where the money we have on hand will be sufficient to cover the remaining work planned for the high school.  Check back in the next week for a video series detailing the work that WILL take place if our referendum is successful on November 15, 2016.

 


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