New solution offered in ball field storage building discussion
The Baldwin Board of Education is once again talking about the proposed storage building, which has been discussed for nearly one year.
It still remains on the monthly agenda. Monday night was no different. Once again, the school board is headed in an alternative direction.
Board Member Ruth Barkley brought an idea to Superintendent Paul Dorathy before the meeting. On Monday, Barkley presented her idea to her fellow board members.
“I visited briefly with Paul about trying a more portable structure,” Barkley said. “By portable, I don't mean not fixed to the ground, but that it would be a smaller building, but serving our needs.”
She suggested a portable building that comes in one piece and is placed on the concrete pad. Barkley said it won't require the same permits that a larger building would require from the city of Baldwin City.
Barkley also said a portable would cost about half the price of the originally proposed building, which was around $80,000. She also told the board it could be placed on the ball field complex, instead of across the street or near the complex.
“I know what the Recreation Commission wanted, but it's very obvious the board isn't going to do that,” Dorathy said. “So Ruth approached me with an option that will meet the needs, not cost near the amount and we might be able to move it back over on the ball field side.”
Discussions began when the previous board wanted to use extra money from the 2008 bond issue to build a storage building, which would be used by the Baldwin City Recreation Commission, The commission helps the school district maintain its athletic fields.
The original building came in too expensive for the board. It since has been scaled down and down to where the board wants to place a smaller building on the ball field premises.
“The board is looking into trying something different to meet the need,” Dorathy said. “The board has basically said it won't go over a certain dollar amount. The way we were headed, there was no way to accomplish what was planned with the money the board was willing to pay.”
The storage facility might be discussed at the next school board meeting on Dec. 19.