Scope, bids of district projects approved

At 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 14, the Prairie Hills USD No. 113 Board of Education held its regular meeting at the district office in Sabetha. Present were board members Leslie Scoby, Kathy Lippert, Phillip Buessing, Kent Saylor, Anissa Bloom, Stan Keim and Jim Scoby.

During the meeting, Jay Herrmann with AHRS presented the final scope of the USD 113 Remodel/Construction Projects for the board to make a motion on.

Herrmann presented the board members with a packet, which contained a breakdown of expenses for separate parts of the project, as well as a breakdown of bid packages including the companies who made the bids.

The total GMP (Guaranteed Maximum Price) of the project is $4,893,794. The total of the base bid for Sabetha and Wetmore is $4,344,316. The base bid for Sabetha Elementary School (SES) includes room additions, a new storm shelter, security upgrades, office renovation, new HVAC systems and a new nurse’s room, among others. Included in the base bid for Wetmore Academic Center is a new suspended ceiling, which includes sound absorbing panels.

The total for Alternative One is $163,265, Alternative Two is $62,637, Alternative Three is $31,192, Alternative Four is $10,408 and Alternative Five is $81,976.

Total allowance for Axtell’s separate project is $200,000. This is not a final price since plans for Axtell are still being drawn up.

Alternative One covers front entry upgrades, which include the front canopy addition, new sidewalk, ramp addition, concrete stairs, etc.

Alternative Two covers classroom renovations, including old stage changes into a large classroom with access to the hallway, as well as changes to the old showers.

Alternative Three covers sewer line replacements, which include the replacement of existing sewer lines outside of the Sabetha Elementary School building.

Alternative Four covers the multipurpose room and kitchen flooring, including the removal of asbestos floor tiles, new VCT (vinyl composite tile) flooring in kitchen and new flooring in multipurpose room.

Alternative Five covers the north parking lot, which includes 18 new parking spaces north of the school addition.

Alan Schmitz with AHRS discussed scheduling with the board. He said mobilization will start mid-March. He hopes to get bids for Axtell within the next couple of months and start that project this summer.

Board member J. Scoby voiced his concerns about the decline in birth rate of babies at the Sabetha Community Hospital over the past few years, as well as the decline of students at the schools and patrons in the community. He shared concerns about going through with the whole project at this time and asking patrons to spend more and more on property taxes, more at the grocery store and more at gas stations, while their wages aren’t increasing much to keep up with inflation. Scoby was in favor of completing the project minus the new gym addition at SES to cut expenses.

Superintendent Todd Evans told the board members that an anonymous donor is willing to donate $500,000 to cover some of this project, but only if the full project scope is accepted, including the new gym addition.

The other six board members seemed to be in favor of completing the project in full in one timespan rather than complete a majority of the project and possibly add the gym addition at a later time.

A motion was made to approve the scope and bids of the USD 113 Remodel/Construction Projects as presented. The board approved the motion with six in favor and Scoby opposed.

To watch the full board meeting on Youtube, visit https://youtu.be/5RbeRqOpTdg.

Erin Herrmann72 Posts

Erin Herrmann is one of two co-editors at The Sabetha Herald. She specializes in school board reporting, features and advertising design. Erin lives in Sabetha.

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