R-S school board approves building projects, bid letting

Staff Writer
Story City Herald

—by Todd Thorson

The Roland-Story school board took action on various building projects at the board meeting held on Monday, Sept. 8. They also received an energy audit conducted by Alliant Energy for the mddle school facility in Roland.

“The energy audit revealed several areas where we could improve efficiency, incuding lighting upgrades in the gym, lunch room, wrestling room and shop,” explained Superintendent Matt Patton. “It also revealed inefficiences in the functioning of the HVAC thermostats.”

The district is currently gathering quotes for the afore mentioned upgrades. Roland-Story will also plan to have similar energy audits conducted for the high school and elementary centers later this school year.

“While it may be cost prohibitive to address all of the things (listed at the middle school) this year,” continued Patton, “we will move forward with these improvements as (best) we can.”

Haila Architecture provided the board the plans and specifications for the building projects at the elementary and middle school centers. Additional designs were also presented for busing and roof drainage. A Notice to Bidders was issued, which will enable the school district to receive bids for the proposed two improvements. Bids are scheduled to be received on Thursday, Oct. 9 at 2 p.m., opened and then read. The projects, if the current timeline is followed, could be completed prior to the start of the school year in August 2015.

The first project at the middle school involves the construction of three classroom additions and support spaces, along with the renovations of the office and media center. Corresponding site work would also be implemented into the project.

The second project at the elementary school includes two classroom additions, support spaces, as well as corresponding site work.

Haila Architecture also presented to the board updated plans for a new bus loading area on the east side of the middle school. Once construction is completed, the current bus loading area just south of the current bus barn will be occupied by new science classrooms and a small staff parking lot. Next fall the new bus loading zone, which is just off the street near the playground, will replace the existing one.

In addition, Haila reported that the middle school roof replacement project is now complete, and the board officially adopted a resolution accepting the project as complete.

In a couple of related buildings and grounds matters, Superintendent Patton reiterated from the August meeting that the condensate receiver/pump part of the high school boiler system needs replaced, and that he has received a quote from the Baker Group in Des Moines for its replacement. Cost of the boiler work will be $9,210. And a new water heater at the elementary school kitchen was also approved for replacement at a cost between $8,700 to $9,000.

The next regular board meeting is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 13 at 6:30 p.m.