Baldwin board narrows plan option on auditorium redesign
The Baldwin school board agreed Monday to spend a maximum of $600,000 to remodel the Baldwin Junior High School auditorium with a design that will include a large multipurpose room for assemblies and sports events.
But the board passed on a design option that would have provided a 46-by-84-foot space in the remodeled auditorium for a long-term practice facility for wrestlers. That would have accommodated two competition-sized wrestling mats.
Instead the board chose to explore options for a multipurpose room, which would have space for only one competition mat. Although board members acknowledged the wrestling program would have to move to the space in the next two to three years, the room will be designed to allow such uses as grade-level assemblies and physical education classes.
Board members also noted that a multipurpose room could be converted into four classrooms in the future if needed.
The board has been discussing the auditorium’s possible remodeling since May and the district’s architectural firm, DLR Group, has been involved since June. On Monday, Doug Loveland, DLR Group project manager, presented three designs developed after architects met during the last month with a steering committee of board members Ruth Barkley, Chad Christie and Sheryl Gill.
With the decision to design for a multipurpose room, Loveland was asked to develop plans for the auditorium that would get the greatest use from the $600,000 remaining from the 2008 bond issue. The board will consider those plans at its January meeting.
In addition to the multipurpose room, the project is to include:
• An enhanced junior music room with a higher ceiling to improve sound quality, a 620-square-foot rehearsal room and new office and storage space.
• Two classrooms, which would be home for the East Kansas Educational Cooperative classes when it is Baldwin’s turn to house the program for five years starting in 2013.
• Storage space.
• “Light” renovation of the current junior high school weight room to remove walls and raise and soundproof the ceiling.
In other business, the board:
• Heard from Superintendent Paul Dorathy that there has been some interest in the former Marion Spring Elementary School. The board agreed to delay until January contracting with a real estate firm to market its excess properties.
• Approved purchase of a 2014 International 65-passenger bus for $78,263 from Allied Bus Sales. District financial director Cynde Frick said the company was the only bidder. The district canceled purchase of a bus that had been approved last month because the vehicle didn’t meet the district’s specifications, she said.
• Canceled the $27,000 remaining on a contract with Manning Construction to install irrigation and landscaping at Baldwin Elementary School Primary Center. The board then approved a $24,740 contract with Aspen Lawn and Landscape to do the work. Dorathy said neither Aspen nor any of the others bidders knew what problems might exist with the installed irrigation system, so the remaining work could cost more than the approved contract. Aspen will be on site in the coming weeks to make that determination.
• Rescheduled the Jan. 21 board meeting to Jan. 28.
• Learned that $37,000 was spent to install new sewer lines beneath the junior high locker rooms, which caused the district to find different venues for recent high school basketball games. Facilities director Charles James said work inside the building was done, but there could be more work required outside. With the unexpected cost, a scheduled $50,000 sewer line replacement project in the west hallway of the junior high school will be delayed until next year.