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Committee begins discussion on old CYJH gyms

The Board Construction Steering Committee met on April 4, 2014. The following items were discussed:

Owners’ Rep for Lincoln Elementary

Dennis Bay, NCSD’s Executive Director of Business Services, told the committee members that the owners’ representative for the Lincoln Elementary construction project will be Consilium Partners. Consilium is currently NCSD’s rep on the KWHS, NCHS, and CAP/RHS projects as well. The next project that will require an owners’ rep will be the new elementary school on the old CY campus site. To choose the new rep, the District will have to go through a bidding and review process.

Future Ownership of Southridge, NC, KW
Bay informed the committee members that NCSD holds (and will hold) ownership of these three buildings because the structures were renovations or replacements. However, totally new construction (like CAPS/RHS) belongs to the state of Wyoming. During discussion, Superintendent Steve Hopkins clarified to the members that major maintenance funds can be used to rehab tracks because tracks are not considered enhancements.

Future status of existing gyms and locker rooms – CYJH

Next, action was needed from the committee members regarding the gyms and locker rooms currently on the site of the old CY Junior High building. Bay told the committee that work will need to be done to prepare the site for a new school, but that it could be ready by next fall or winter, with construction possibly starting in spring 2015. Along that timeline a new school could be open for the 2016-2017 school year. Hopkins reminded the committee that design money for a new school was approved by the state in the past, and during the most recent session construction money was approved as well.

The option the committee members considered are as follows:

Option 1:

  • Keep both gyms and locker rooms
  • Estimated cost: $3 million
  • Notes: new school would be a tight-fit on site, would need a lot of money to maintain the facilities

Option 2:

  • Keep both gyms, demo locker rooms
  • Estimated cost: $1.5 million – $2 million
  • Notes: new school would fit nicely on site, less money to maintain the facilities

Option 3:

  • Keep main gym only, demo auxiliary gym, demo locker rooms
  • Estimated cost: $1.2 million – $1.75 million
  • Notes: new school would fit nicely on site, least amount of money to maintain the facilities

Option 4:

  • Demo everything on site
  • Estimated cost: $0 (state will pay for demo)
  • Notes: new school would have plenty of room, allowing room for playground, parking, and traffic circulation

Hopkins began the discussion by telling committee members he recommends options 2, 3, or 4 as possibilities, because option 1 was the most expensive. The urgency to make a decision is because the state won’t allow the District to move forward on the new elementary school until a decision is made regarding the existing gyms/locker rooms on site.

The committee members spoke about the need for more public access to gyms throughout the District. It was thought that the gyms at CYJH could become a location that could be used for community purposes.

With that rationale in mind, the committee recommended option 2 to Hopkins and Bay.

Also during the meeting committee member Pat Keefe asked Bay about the status of NCHS’s SFAC building. Bay told the group that construction is behind schedule, but the contractor maintains they’ll be ready for the start of the school year. Demolition is scheduled to start on the existing NCHS campus on July 1, after some abatement is completed inside the building. NCHS’s “Last Blast” will still occur, but the students won’t have access to the gym. Also, NCHS construction classes will pull pieces of wood from the gym floor. Those pieces, along with bleachers, will be sold as a fundraiser that will go back to the school.

The next Construction Steering Committee meeting is scheduled for May 9.

Attendance: Kevin Christopherson, Paula Reid, Pat Keefe, Rita Walsh, Steve Hopkins, Dennis Bay, Allen Bruggman

 

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