School board rejects latest plan for storage facility; Annual business items approved Monday night
A change in school board members and new less expensive plans didn’t add up to approval for the construction of a storage facility at the new ball field complex.
The building for the complex south of Baldwin Elementary School Intermediate Center has been discussed for months and was even bid for construction. Once the bids came back, the lowest was more than $100,000, which was double the estimated cost of the project.
With the bids coming in too high, local architect Kyle Trendel, who developed plans for a less expensive building after meeting with Dorathy and Steve Friend, Baldwin City Recreation Commission director.
Trendel told the board Monday it would now cost an estimated $75,000 to construct the building. He said the majority of the cost is for concrete, which will be used for the base of the 30-foot by 56-foot building and the driveway from Bullpup Drive.
“One of the reasons we have not proceeded ahead with documents on this is we wanted to tell you what the cost savings would be before you pay for another design,” Trendel said. “We wanted to bring the savings to you first before designing the changes.”
School board members said the new cost was still too high. The original estimated cost was $50,000 and several members didn’t want to spend much more than that amount. Revenue from the November 2008 bond issue is to pay for the building.
“We are way over budget on this project,” said new board member Chad Christie. “I have a hard time approving anything for $50,000.”
Newly-elected school board president Ande Parks also thought the price tag was too steep.
“Personally, I don’t support $60,000 or $70,000, and I’m not hearing a lot of support for $75,000,” Parks said. “I’m not sure where we go from here. I know we need something. We promised people that we would put something out there at the ball fields.”
School board notes from Monday
At every July meeting, the school board elects a new president and vice president. Parks was unanimously approved as president, while Bill Busby was chosen as board vice president.
The school board approved its annual milk bid. Anderson-Erickson was the winner this year with a bid of $37,097.50.
School board members unanimously approved the purchase of a 2008 Chevy Suburban. The vehicle will cost $22,000 and is being purchased from the Kansas/Federal Surplus.
After tabling the topic for a month, the school board approved a finger-print technology system for the lunch rooms at Baldwin High School and Baldwin Junior High School. It was approved 4-3. The system is an opt-in system for parents and students.
The school board meetings during the 2011-2012 school year will be on the fourth Monday of every month, including July, but excluding December and May. It will be on the second Monday during those two months. The meetings will still start at 6:30 p.m. with executive session lasting about 30 minutes and the regular portion of the meeting beginning at 7 p.m.
The board discussed what to do with the empty Marion Springs and Vinland Elementary Schools Monday night. Dorathy said the buildings are being maintained about once a month, but they are also being rented by public groups. The board discussed the future of those buildings, but decided to table talk for a future meeting when it will discuss the district’s long-range facility plan, too.
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