Mark Taylor
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A variety of bond issue and construction-related business dominated the Spring Hill School Board’s Aug. 22 agenda.
In separate actions, the board approved an architect contract with the DLR Group and a construction management contract with J.E. Dunn for $39 million in school construction and renovation work approved by voters in a June bond issue.
The DLR Group’s contract consists of five phases of work with a fee based on a percentage of the construction manager’s estimate of the work.
The architect’s fee will be 4.5 percent for a new elementary school, 6.75 percent for the Prairie Creek Elementary School addition and 6 percent of a planned ground source heat pump retrofit for Spring Hill Elementary and Spring Hill Middle School.
J.E. Dunn’s construction management fee will be 2.25 percent for its scope of work.
The board also reviewed updated budget figures and timeline for the construction projects, which include:
• Expanding Prairie Creek Middle School to a capacity of  528 students in the fall of 2012, The work includes the addition of 19,944 square feet of new space and 7,541 square feet of remodeled space to the existing 52,000 square foot facility.
The plans also include remodeling work on the teacher’s lounge, additional seating for the gymnasium, and a portable thrust stage for the auditorium.
Closed circuit television monitoring is proposed for the vestibule in the school’s front main entrance.
Twenty additional parking spaces are also included.
Work on the school is expected to be completed in time for the start of the 2012-13 school year.
• Building new 528-student elementary school in the Wolf Creek Subdivision, expected to be completed in the fall of 2013.
Owners of Wolf Creek Estates, a single and multi-family subdivision at 191st Street and Ridgeview Road have donated 15 acres of land in their development – valued at $1 million — for the construction of the new elementary school.
• Transforming Spring Hill Elementary into a
pre-kindergarten to fifth grade facility in the fall of 2013.
• Converting the current intermediate school into a sixth grade building by fall of 2013.
• Safety enhancements in all schools, district-wide technology upgrades and various maintenance projects.
School officials have said the bond issue will not result in a mill levy increase because of long-range planning, a 61 percent increase in assessed valuation over the past 10 years, and state aid that will cover 45 cents of every dollar spent.
Board members also discussed the need for security enhancements in existing schools as well as new schools.
Superintendent Bart Goering said he will explore security options and report back to the board.