Archive for Wednesday, May 15, 2002

Board accepts bids for schools

May 15, 2002

The Baldwin School District is one step closer to beginning the construction of its building projects and it comes with a less expensive price tag than originally expected.

The Baldwin Board of Education awarded the contracts for the new elementary school and the additions and renovations to Baldwin Junior High School, Marion Springs Elementary School and Vinland Elementary School to Zimmerman Construction in a 7-0 vote at Monday night's board meeting.

The VES and MSES additions and renovations are expected to cost $546,400, while the new elementary school and BJHS additions will cost about $5.6 million. The total for the two projects, which includes additional costs such as surveying, grading, utilities and permits, are expected to be about $7.3 million $550,000 less than the $7.9 million bond issue.

"This is really good news," Frangkiser Hutchens architect Bill Woodhouse said. "Basically everything came in under our estimates."

Woodhouse said the contract does not include items such as playground equipment and landscaping, which need to be provided by the district.

Jack Zimmerman, Zimmerman Construction contractor, said he was able to keep costs down because he had several bids from sub-contractors that he hadn't previously seen.

"You're buying a school at the right time," Zimmerman said. "It's just a real favorable time to be procuring a school."

Supt. James White said the district received several bids from contractors, with Zimmerman Construction being the lowest.

"We feel real positive about the bids we got," White said.

Zimmerman Construction, an Overland Park company, has worked on several schools including the Gardner and Blue Valley districts, as well as two projects for Baker University.

"We do have good references for them," Woodhouse said.

There will be a groundbreaking for the new elementary school at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, May 23. The new elementary school is expected to be completed by the end of June 2003.

In other business, the school board:

Approved in a 6-0 vote, with Board President Ed Schulte abstaining, to add a required reading class into the sixth and seventh grade schedule beginning next year.

"I personally think it's pretty sad to send kids on that can't read. We need to deal with that," BJHS principal Connie Wright said. "We think reading is a priority."

The board decided to leave it up the BJHS faculty to decide whether the school will stay at a seven-hour day or go to an eight-hour day.

Approved in a 6-0 vote, Board Member Curtis Trarbach was absent, the new handbooks for the 2002-2003 school year.

Met in executive session for one hour.

After executive session, the board approved in a 6-0 vote to renew the certified teachers contracts and the hiring of Brian Ash, BJHS Social Studies teacher; Brett Flory, BJHS Language Arts teacher; and Chris Aspegren, BJHS Reading/BHS Language Arts teacher.

The board also approved the resignation of bus driver Louise Taul who is retiring at the end of the school year.

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