Capital Improvements Project Update
April 25, 2017
Building the Future, Restoring the Past: Bids for Phase 2, of the 3-Phase Capital Improvements Project, have been awarded and some of the construction began over spring break. All of Phase 2 should be completed over the upcoming summer break. This includes new roofs over most of both buildings and athletic field improvements at the Jr/Sr High School. Portions of Phase 3 will begin this summer, but, unfortunately, will not be complete until the summer of 2018. The reason being, that the bids for Phase 3 for General Construction, Plumbing and Theatrical, were well over budget, which means that we will not award them at this time and won't see those improvements this summer. Bids will, however, be awarded for the mechanical and electrical contracts for this summer, so that both buildings will receive new boilers, with many classrooms receiving new uni-ventilators. All rooms will receive new controls. Converting all lights to LED will also begin this summer, mostly in the Jr/Sr High School. We are problem-solving as we work along with our architects BCK and construction managers C&S to repackage those bid documents. Our plan is to re-bid in September and begin these final Phase 3 items during school breaks of the 2017-2018 school year, with completion over the summer of 2018. These remaining items in Phase 3 will include offices/library/classroom renovations, lighting in the Elementary School, flooring upgrades, etc. We will continue to provide updates as they emerge.
Phase 1 of Capital Project set to kick off this
In response to concerns about moving the elementary playground, BOE says it will look into the issue
January 6, 2016
With the vote on the proposed $15.5 million capital project one week away, the 22 people attending a public hearing on the project Tuesday night walked away with one message – nothing is cast in stone.
One parent and elementary teacher presented a petition with 52 signatures, gathered over the weekend and Monday, opposing the plan to move the elementary school playground.
The capital project proposes to move the playground to an adjacent field to make way for additional parking spaces at the school. The playground also contains memorials to three former students – Darren and Todd Rudolph and Karl Edwards - who died in the early 1990s and whose families asked for donations to help build the playground. Those memorials would be moved and re-dedicated once the new playground is built.
Community voting will be held from 12 noon to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, January 12 in the high school gymnasium lobby. Read more here
December 22, 2015
Whether it's making the schools more healthy and safer, replacing furnaces or deteriorating roofs or upgrading classrooms and athletic fields, there is likely to be something that interests every parent and student in the proposed $15.5 million "Building the Future, Restoring the Past" capital project that goes before the community on Jan. 12.
The Board of Education will hold a public hearing at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, January 5 in the upper high school library on the comprehensive capital project. Community voting will be held from 12 noon to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, January 12 in the high school gymnasium lobby.
Here's an overview of the project, which took more than a year to develop (PDF).
For a short video to learn more about the Capital Improvements Project desires of the students and staff of MCS click here
Here are a couple of past articles about the project:
November 17, 2015
Board of Education approves capital project; proposal to be considered by the community on Tuesday, January 12. This link features photos from both school buildings.
October 27, 2015
Upgrading learning spaces
The proposal includes several initiatives to improve the instructional and learning spaces in the district:
• High School Library: Relocate upstairs and create a new Learning Media Commons.
• High School Art Room: Renovate art room with new cabinetry, ceilings and flooring.
• High School Science
Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) classroom:
Relocate with new cabinetry, technology and
• District Committee on Special Education (CSE): Relocate to the current main office with new cabinetry, technology and accessibility.
• The athletic fields would get upgraded playing surfaces, drainage and lighting and a new concession stand, restroom and handicap parking would be added
• Technology: Enhance technology in all classrooms and common spaces.
Based on a $100,000 home assessment, the $15.5 million project would increase tax bills by $86 per year or $7.17 per month without the state's School TAx Reduction (STAR). If you have BASIC STAR, tax will would increase by $60 per year or $5 per month. If you have Senior STAR, the impact would be $30 per year or $2.50 per month.
The project would be paid off over 16 years. Most of the proposals are eligible for state building aid reimbursement. That can also be seen on this overview of the project (PDF).
The school district would also use $583,250 of its Smart Schools Bond Act allotment from the state to make improvements for items such as replacing the public address and security systems and installing a pass key entry system at both schools. Smart Schools funding is a state grant and is not repaid.
Among the largest items at the high school/junior high school, which opened in 1939 ($8.045 million):
• $1.527 million to replace the roof with a 15-year warranty. A 30-year warranty would cost an additional $320,000.
• $2.13 million to upgrade the athletic fields with improved drainage, lighting, backstops, netting and dugouts and expanded modified softball dugouts along with a parking lot at a new concession stand and restrooms.
• $685,000 to provide a secure vestibule upon entering the building and to move the main and guidance offices to the current library. This would also include moving the library media commons to the second floor.
• $415,000 to replace the oil boilers with more efficient models and to replace the heating and ventilation software controls for the building.
• $400,000 to replace four skylights, repair the roof and flashing in multiple locations and the gymnasium roofing.
• $350,000 for upgraded auditorium lighting, video and audio systems.
• $345,000 to upgrade corridor and classroom lighting with more efficient, longer-lasting LED lighting fixtures. The proposal would also ensure that all light sensors are in working order or they will be replaced.
• $345,000 to renovate the existing H128 art room and former industrial arts rooms to include new cabinetry, ceilings and flooring and add a receiving area to the east end of the building.
Among the largest items at the elementary school, which opened in 1959 ($6.706 million):
• $1.615 million to replace the roof with a 15-year warranty. A 30-year warranty would cost an additional $290,000.
• $775,000 to improve drainage on the soccer, softball land baseball fields and reseed the fields adjacent to rear of the school.
• $410,000 to move the playground including the new equipment and provide additional equipment. This will create 60 additional parking spaces with lighting at the current playground site.
• $522,000 to renovate small toilet rooms in four classrooms and add new classroom sinks with bubblers.
• $350,000 to replace the two oil boilers and upgrade heating software controls.
• $290,000 to replace unit ventilator cabinets and grilles in original building due to rust and corrosion.
• $270,000 to replace the original crawl space sanitary piping due to heavy corrosion and cracking.
• $260,000 to upgrade lighting to cost-saving, long-lasting LED fixtures and provide new occupancy sensors.
• $250,000 to replace acoustical ceiling tiles while show signs of water damage and sagging.
• $250,000 to replace original building interior door and hardware to make compliant with handicapped access laws.
The proposal would also spend:
• $109,000 at the bus maintenance facility for items such as adding a foundation for the heating oil tank, upgrading the fuel oil inventory management software, upgrading the lighting and sidewalk and replacing corroded piping in bus wash area.
• $40,000 at the bus storage building to replace old circuit breaker panels, replace lighting fixtures and provide fire dampers.