School looks at $42.8 Million in Upgrades: North Lamar School District

The cost of renovating, re-purposingor building new structures in the North Lamar school district could be upwards of $42.8 million, according to a report from Jeff Miller and Seth Stevens, of WRA Architects.

Moore told the school board Monday it would have to call a special bond election to help with costs of renovations, re-pur- posing and building new schools.

The report resulted from an assessment of school facilities and traffic flow con- ducted this past semester, Moore told board members some facilities need minor repairs, while oth- ers should be demolished or rebuilt due to structural and potential safety issues.

Listing prevailing needs of each cam- pus, Moore said the high school has a roof that leaks, a gym floor that needs replac- ing, an undersized cafeteria and band suite, as well as an aging exterior and soil around the site. Moore said at the administration building, signage is not Americans with Disabilities Act compliant, the roof needs replacement, there is foun- dation movement in the brick, it lacks door hard- ware, has uninsulated win- dows and low structural clearance.

Higgins Elementary and Bailey Intermediate had numerous issues, said Moore, including interior finishes, exterior masonry cracks, walls and floor out of plumb, restrooms and signage not ADA complinant, entrances not acces- sible, inadequate electrical supply, erosion at founda- tion, poor plumbing, roof in need of replacement, skylight in poor condition and low structural heights.

Moore noted Higgins has significant shifting and settling in the founda- tion making the walls less stable than they should be.

Stone Middle School issues included admin- istration not near main entrance, load bearing walls not flexible, ero- sion at foundation, lack of ADA access/compliance, standing water at founda- tion, door hardware and bathrooms not ADA com- pliant, uninsulated glass, roof in need of repair and low structural heights.

Everett Elementary had numerous problems shared by Higgins and Bailey, plus the gym floor not being level, exterior need- ing refinishing, hot water limited to shower and no room for electrical expan- sion. Parker Elementary, in addition to similar problems, lacked an acces- sible path to buildings and accessible parking was not marked.

The Athletic Sports Complex fared better with minor needs such as refin- ishing lockers, roof repair or replacement, poor site drainage and no guard rail at retaining wall. Moore told board members Goodman Education Center has standing water around the building, the exterior needs refinish- ing, damaged soffit needs repair, signage and door hardware not ADA compliant and the roof needs repair/replacement. Overall, Moore recom- mended the building be brought up to ADA com- pliance.

Moore said a target date for a bond election would be May 9, 2016, and if passed, the projected date of completion on all proj- ects in August 2018.

The cost breakdown and recommendation figures presented by Moore:

• North Lamar High School

— $2.2 million — new band suite addition, roof, gym floor, erosion control.

• Stone Middle School – $7 million – new adminis- tration addition, roof, new windows, ADA compli- ance, erosion control.

• Bailey Intermediate School – $2.4 million – partial demolition, partial renovation and re-pur- pose, possible new district administration and board room.

• Higgins Elementary
– $200,000 – schedule demolition or renovate for repurpose.

• Everett Elementary
– $11.4 million – major addition and renovation to increase population to 525 and house preK-2.

• Parker Elementary – $2.5 million – major reno- vation to gym, roof and major ADA upgrades.

• Goodman Education Center – $500,000 – roof, ADA compliance and ero- sion control.

• Athletic Sports Complex – $100,000 – roof, re-finish lockers and rework site drainage.

• Administration Building – $100,000 – schedule demolition or renovate for re-purpose.

• A new 3-5 campus on a remote site – $16.6 mil- lion.

If Everett is not re- purposed, a new preK-2 campus – $16.5 million 

by: Lynda Work |