Several capital improvement projects for the Clarinda School District for fiscal year 2020 were approved by the Board of Education Wednesday, Nov. 13.
Maintenance Director Craig Hill presented proposals for work in various district facilities, saying they were listed “in the order I feel is important to accomplish.”
Given priority were roofing projects. Two were at Clarinda High School, the gymnasium roof with an estimated cost of $125,000, and the freshman wing with an estimated cost of $75,000.
A project at Garfield Elementary School is the roof on the east wing of the building, with that work also estimated to cost $75,000.
“The high school gym roof and the elementary wing are pretty much a necessity,” Hill said.
He said the elementary roof has been determined to be “beyond its useful life,” noting that numerous leaks have had to be repaired.
“It’s been causing us some problems, and it’s not going to get any better,” he said.
Also considered essential work is updating the intercom and bell systems in all of the district’s buildings, with an estimated cost of $80,000 for the improvements.
“It’s a safety issue, because we need to get communication out to our staff and students,” Hill said. The current system in use is analog based, technology that has been supplanted by digital links.
Replacing the hot water heater at the high school with a new unit is estimated to cost $30,000.
Hill noted the heater, which he described as being similar to “one you would have in your home,” supplies water to the entire building. If it should malfunction, the time required to repair it could be lengthy.
At Clarinda Middle School, a project to reconfigure the physical education teacher offices for direct access to the gymnasium has an estimated cost of $10,000. The work would also free up more space in that area.
In the elementary and middle school buildings, a project to install LED lighting in the kindergarten-eighth grade gymnasiums, the commons area, the art room, the wrestling room and the scene shop has an estimated cost of $15,000
Work to update the boys’ locker room at the high school with new lockers, showers and lighting has an estimated cost of $65,000.
Hill said that on some of the projects, the district’s maintenance staff could assist contractors with specific tasks, thereby helping to reduce overall expenses for the work.
The board’s action authorized Hill to seek bids for the proposed projects.
“I will come back to you and show you what we have,” he said, adding that if some bids could be combined, labor costs might be lower.
The board tabled a decision on another project that Hill had included on his list -- upgrading the football field and the track.
The extent of that work, and the resultant cost, will be dependent on the type of surfaces chosen. For example, the field could be reseeded with grass, or sod could be placed instead.
Although not included on his list of projects, Hill mentioned issues that have been encountered with the gymnasium floor at the middle school.
The district, he said, needs to “determine where moisture is entering the gym and then decide on a course of action. This problem has occurred twice during the last six years.”
He said he and consulting engineers would try to figure out why this is happening. “It don’t know if there’s any way to do it without taking the floor up, or at least sections of it,” he said.
For the work needed to identify where and how the moisture is coming in, and then to correct the situation, Hill said, “I would estimate a cost of $200,000 to $250,000. To replace the floor and bleachers, I would estimate a cost of $200,000 to $250,000.”
During the meeting, directors saw Brokaw FFA Chapter members present their recent entry in the Conduct of Meetings Leadership Event at the national FFA convention. Comprising the team were Jason Wright, Logan Green, Grant Jobe, Aubrey Herzberg, Hailee Knight, Colbie Wilmes and Jadyn Sunderman. As the Iowa entry in the event, the team competed against 40 other teams from across the country and received a silver rating.
In other business, the board:
Approved a contract with Hillside Missionary Church to allow Garfield Elementary School personnel to park in the east lot on the church’s property. This will alleviate parking congestion on Wells Street and 15th Street west of the Garfield building. The arrangement will also enhance student safety and will open more parking spaces for parents and guests. Concrete steps will be installed from the lot to Wells Street.
Cast the Clarinda district’s vote for Raymond Storm of Mount Ayr to serve as director from District One for the board of directors of the Green Hills Area Education Agency,
Approved a memorandum of understanding with Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville regarding field experiences and student teaching positions in the Clarinda district for students from Northwest.
Approved a contribution of $13,750 from an anonymous donor for improvements at the softball field at Clarinda City Park.
Approved participation of winter volunteer coaches -- Tony Morales and Scott Stickler, high school wrestling; Paul Honnold and Aaron Davidshofer, middle school wrestling; and Marilyn Wagoner, girls’ basketball.
Approved the transfer of Traci BeBolt from food service director to food service co-director, and the hiring of Joyce Johansen as food service co-director.