Archive for Wednesday, November 14, 2001

Bond passage signals building start

November 14, 2001

It's been just a week since the $7.9 general obligation bond was passed and already the next phase of construction has begun.

Bill Woodhouse, Frangkiser Hutchens architect, presented the Baldwin Board of Education Monday with an estimated schedule for development for the new grade three through five elementary school and the addition and remodeling to Baldwin Junior High, Marion Springs Elementary and Vinland Elementary.

He said in the next month and a half the site survey, the final site details and design and the final floor plans will be completed. Once these are done, he said, the city and state reviews will be finished at the beginning of next year so construction can begin as soon as possible.

"The idea is to get them in the ground and working through April into May," he said. "There will be construction actually happening at two sites about the middle of May."

Woodhouse said he thought it would be better to have two different contractors working on the district's construction.

"You may want to take a look at a bid package of Marion Springs and Vinland and then the elementary and the junior high as a second bid package," he said.

Because the MSES and VES projects are smaller, he said the job could be done by a smaller contractor, which would save the district money on both bid packages.

But he said the options of the bid packages are still open.

"It's an evolving process," he said. "Things could change."

The floor design options for the 42,000 sq. ft. new elementary are still open as well, Woodhouse said.

"There's lots of room for input. We'll be working with (Supt. James White) and identifying key staff and having meetings," he said. "There are some parameters we're working in, but we're certainly open to suggestions and feedback from the staff."

Woodhouse said if everything goes as planned, MSES will be completed August 202, VES will be completed September 2002 and the elementary school will be finished the middle of June 2003.

In other business, the school board:

Heard a review of the 2000-2001 audit from Tom Singleton, Lowenthal Singleton Webb & Wilson auditor.

Singleton said the financial statements were presented fairly.

"There were no weaknesses or non-compliances," he said. "It reflects in a very positive way on the financial management in the district."

The board approved 6-0 to accept the audit.

Approved 6-0 to have Lowenthal Singleton Webb & Wilson handle the audit for 2001-2002.

Approved 6-0 not to suggest any changes the state football playoff system.

Heard reports from curriculum director Carolyn Groves about the reading curriculum and the results from the second grade diagnostic assessments.

Heard a report from computer director Steve Hemphill about the Internet usage in the schools.

Recognized the girls tennis team and the boy and girls cross country teams for their state appearances and victories.

Recognized Blaine Cone and Alison Bauer and all of the other volunteers for their work on the bond campaign committee.

Met in executive session for 30 minutes. After executive session, the board approved 6-0 the resignation of Lisa Robertson, BHS secretary, and the employment recommendations of Ted Zuzzio, BJHS assistant boys basketball coach; Jerry Roach, BHS assistant boys baseball coach; Brendon Scarborough, BHS assistant boys baseball coach; Pam Hermes, BES fifth grade para-professional.

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