Archive for Thursday, January 22, 2009

Ballfields’ design closer to being approved

Baldwin Board of Education President Alison Bauer, standing, thanked Amy Cleavinger, center, with a gift Monday night. The school board held a special dinner for the bond issue committee that worked to pass the $22.9 million project. Cleavinger was the committee chair.

Baldwin Board of Education President Alison Bauer, standing, thanked Amy Cleavinger, center, with a gift Monday night. The school board held a special dinner for the bond issue committee that worked to pass the $22.9 million project. Cleavinger was the committee chair.

January 22, 2009

Preliminary designs for the practice track and athletic complex north of Baldwin High School.

Preliminary designs for the practice track and athletic complex north of Baldwin High School.

Preliminary design plans for the ball fields near the Baldwin Elementary School Intermediate Center.

Preliminary design plans for the ball fields near the Baldwin Elementary School Intermediate Center.

It appears the athletic complexes might be the first facilities of the Baldwin School District’s $22.9 million bond issue to have completed design plans.

The DLR Group architects brought designs to Friday’s meeting with the primary bond steering committee. Those plans were reviewed by the committee members and handed back to the architects with a few suggestions.

“They went back with our suggestions from earlier meetings and did some designs,” Supt. Paul Dorathy said. “They brought those back to the main steering committee and asked us what we think. Then our committee threw a few ideas or changes back at them. Now they’re back working on those changes. I would say we’re getting closer to a finished product on the athletic fields.”

The plans still call for two baseball and two softball fields located to the south of Baldwin Elementary School Intermediate Center. Only one baseball and one softball field would be large enough to host high school postseason action.

However, the new fields would be larger than the current fields being used by Baldwin High School. The two larger fields are even bigger than the original plans called for. Dorathy said it might be a challenge to get all four fields to fit on the property, but it appears they will all fit.

“They took the information given to them by the coaches about the necessary size of those fields to host a regional or sub-state,” Dorathy said. “They also got information from the recreation commission about their needs for those fields. With that, they’ve started putting those plans together.”

The architects also brought plans for the practice track and athletic facility north of BHS. The track would surround the current BHS soccer field. The plans also include retaining a portion of the current baseball and varsity softball fields.

“They are going to maintain the present baseball field and east softball field,” Dorathy said. “They will take out the outfield fences, but they will maintain a backstop. It will be new backstop areas.”

Friday’s meeting also touched on the renovations at Baldwin Junior High School. Those include a new heating and cooling system, new roof and renovations to the corridors.

The discussion of that phase of the bond issue has just begun. A committee for the performing arts center will be formed soon. One challenge for the BJHS projects, not including the performing arts center, will be time.

“The plan for the junior high renovations is to start immediately after school is out in May and push to have all of that completed before school starts again in August,” Dorathy said. “They’ll be on a pretty tight schedule to accomplish all of those tasks.”

Although there was no discussion about the new Baldwin Elementary School Primary Center, Dorathy said the committee will probably choose the DLR design of Prairie Creek Elementary School in Spring Hill for its design.

“The building there now is a K-5 building, so there have to be some changes made to make it a building for younger children,” he said. “Also, that school is designed for 480 students, but is only populated by 240 students. So they were going to have to add some extra classrooms to the design, which it’s designed to do. The architect will bring those plans back to us at our next meeting.”

Comments

baldwinfan 5 years, 10 months ago

So when are they going to start building the new Primary Center?

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Stacy Napier 5 years, 10 months ago

That is great, but where are all the cars going to park. Four ball fields designed for Highschool post season action.

Sounds like a lot of people to me. Where are they going park. Your planning sounds like we are in Lawrence. (none at all). Use your heads. Duh

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Torch 5 years, 10 months ago

I'm still wondering why it's not news that the District has drawn $11 million of the bond money already and is losing $500,000 a year in interest while they're still drawing up plans.

I'd also like to know what they have found out about the 'promised' money from the State. With all of the cuts one would think that was in jeopardy or gone.

Nah...we wouldn't want to report on those things. Let's just get excited about the ballfield design.

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Stacy Napier 5 years, 10 months ago

I agree. How could they had the bond question for the amount of money they asked and not have any plans made. They had drawings made up at the meetings that I went too, but now all of sudden they don't know what they are going to do.

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bc 5 years, 10 months ago

The architects, designers and everyone else involved don't just work for free until the job is 100% done. The district is going to have to pay the people their fees as the design and everything else progress. How do you think they are paying for the technology projects they approved noted in the paper? Get real people, learn a little bit about the process or call the district and they can tell you why instead of ranting on here like you are being kept from gathering information. Did it ever occur to you that they aren't reporting it because it ISN'T A BIG DEAL???

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Stacy Napier 5 years, 10 months ago

You are right they don't just work for free. They already had plans drew up. They paid for those. They should had stuck with it. Now they just throw that out the window and start over. Who cares about the money they already spent.

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bc 5 years, 10 months ago

So are you saying you actually believe they did all the detailed architectural drawings and engineering for each of the projects as well as getting all of the permits necessary, prior to passing the bond issue? Please inform yourself on how the process works as it's obvious you don't have a clue.

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Stacy Napier 5 years, 10 months ago

I have a clue. It is called common sense. It is the district doesn't have a clue. They had a joint meeting with the city council and were told what they needed then although it was big suprise to Supt. that they would have to put Bullpup Dr. thru. They don't need to get permits and detailed drawings. But If I am going to build something, before I even decided to, I check what I will need for a permit. What I need for space and so on. That doesn't cost me a dime.

Back to the point of my first post.

WHERE ARE ALL THE CARS GOING TO PARK?

and how are they going to get in and out of the area.

but I guess we need to pay an engineer for that too.

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bc 5 years, 10 months ago

You're whole argument is off of a few drawings you saw at one meeting. Are you joking? Those drawings might have well be on a napkin as the were conceptual drawings. Before any permits are issued, you have to show accurate architectural drawings that are signed off by professional engineers. Note, I'm not talking about figuring out what permits are needed because they are beyond that. Actually obtaining permits, doing the accurate architectural drawings, etc all costs money which is why the bond issue was passed, to pay for it!!!!!

Why don't you call the school district or a board member with your concerns? Just answer that one question. Why don't you call them to ask the questions you are posting here?? I know it's hard to get past your desire to gripe about something, but do us a favor and find out some answers from the people charged with running the show before bashing the hard work people are doing trying to solve the problems you are complaining about.

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Stacy Napier 5 years, 10 months ago

I don't need to call them again.

They have no plans for any other parking. That is the point!

You don't have a clue. You are just another one of the masses that trust that eveyone knows what they are doing. I'll bet you thought that about the last Superintendant. He was doing great right.

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oldschool 5 years, 10 months ago

I am very glad they are re-thinking the plans before barreling ahead without asking for input from coaches and BCRC staff that will be using the fields and practice track.

I do agree with nwyt about parking issues. This is a perfect time to iron out some of the problems with parking while we're at it.

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bc 5 years, 10 months ago

NWYT, what I think about the previous superintendent is irrelevant and your assumption is incorrect. What I do think is Supt. Dorathy is doing a good job. I think they are looking at everything the way they should.

Your so called "masses" are right by how their trust is placed. We vote the board members in based on this trust. This is easily shown by the fact that the community doesn't vote on every issue that comes across the table. We trust those elected board members and those hired by the board members to do their jobs.

Even greater, we are allowed to voice our concerns to the board. If you haven't voiced your concern to them, then you simply have no room to complain. If you have, then great, hopefully they'll address that concern.

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