District needs LOB for improvements
Supt. James White plans to invite an architect to the May 8 meeting of the board to discuss planned capital improvements within the district.
White said the board needs to prioritize the improvements, because he foresees an increase in district enrollment next year based on the amount of residential construction in Baldwin.
"I hope to have space for a bunch of kids on Aug. 17," White said.
Since fall, the enrollment at Baldwin Elementary School has jumped 30 students. Baldwin Junior High School has added 18-19 students this year, and school officials anticipate needing an additional sixth-grade teacher next year because there are 117 fifth-graders in the district. Baldwin High School anticipates an 8-9 percent increase next year.
In March, the board approved raising the district's local option budget (LOB) from 12 to 25 percent of the $6 million general fund budget to fund a five-year capital improvement plan, technology, band instrument replacement and some overdue salary increases, White said.
White said a 25 percent LOB would generate about $1.5 million, compared to about $750,000 at the current 12 percent.
Under the five-year plan, band instrument replacement is figured in at $25,000 per year.
Other plans call for:
A $100,000 renovation of the Baldwin Elementary School gym, as well as installation of air conditioning in the Baldwin Junior High School gym the only place in the district that doesn't have it for an anticipated cost of $200,000.
A $440,000 addition at Vinland Elementary school, where the library doubles as a music room and a computer lab.
A $540,000 building addition at Baldwin Junior High School, in conjunction with spending $120,000 for parking and bus/vehicle pick-up and drop-off at BJHS.
A $120,000 renovation of the BJHS auditorium and an $80,000 district office addition.
A $1.5 million auditorium addition and parking lot expansion at Baldwin High School.