Priorities set for MLSD construction projects – Columbia Basin Herald


MOSES LAKE — The Moses Lake School Board will vote, probably at its June 9 meeting, on whether or not to undertake a report That Consists of a precedence itemizing for capital tasks That Can be funded by way of The enchancment bond accredited by voters in 2017.

If the report is accepted, The primary precedence Can be discovering property To assemble the district’s Twelfth factorary school. Ancompletely different precedence Can be repairing up Moses Lake Highschool.

“Any affordable observer of the situation of our extreme school would Be In a place To inform you that that assembleion is failing,” MLSD COO Jeremy O’Neil said. “It’s undoubtedly all by way of The power, and it’s extra acutely in about two or three wings, the place complete lecture rooms are lacking ceiling tiles.”

Board members convened a research session Tuesday to consider the report and the ideas therein. It wAs a Outcome of The outcomes of a research by a committee of district officers and advisors who seemed On The current state of the enterprise and The biggest Method to proceed.

David Beaudine, program supervisor for CBRE, the agency appearing as a advisor, said the board’s approval Is required earlier than the district can promote A pair of of the reprimarying enchancment bonds. About $46 million reprimarys in unpurchased bonds, Based mostly on the report.

The district has acquired, or will acquire, about $114.5 million in income for tasks Associated to The enchancment bond, the report said. That Consists of about $89 million in bond gross sales and about $25.5 million in state enchancment funds. So far the district has spent about $104.5 million of that on The enchancment of Vicki Groff Elementary and Vanguard Academy, buying for property and modernizing Moses Lake Highschool.

The second, third and fourth priorities itemizinged are upgrades and repairs at MLHS. O’Neil said The extremeschool roof wants in depth repairs.

The report recommends changing The complete roof in parts of the constructing and patching completely different parts.

“Everyone agrees We now Want to do one factor,” O’Neil said. “What we don’t Have to do is a Band-Assist repair. For event, if we do A complete roof for these wings, Which might be many hundreds of hundreds of dollars, After which come to the conclusion that The Reprimaryder of the constructing is Not relevant for future use Inside the design of A up to date extreme school.”

A portion of The extremeschool’s heating and cooling system furtherly wants alternative, the report said.

The extreme school Shall be eligible for state renovation funds within a few years, O’Neil said.

“We’re going to have An exact exhausting Take A look at whether or not or not We will transfer forward prolonged-time period with that facility Inside the state that It is,” he said.

In mild of that, changing, pretty than repairing, some sections of roof wouldn’t current A great return on the district’s funding, he said.

Board member Alana DeGooyer said she needed extra consideration given to single factors of entry in current schools And school safety. The report suggested starting with The center schools for safety upgrades.

“The solely level (of entry) Goes to be An limitless problem,” said board chair and Moses Lake Police Chief Kevin Fuhr. “The center schools, I really feel, are The biggest Method to go, Because you will Have The power to have some enhancement added to these schools to make them greater.”

He cited doorways That Could be closed and locked remotely For event.

Other tasks on the precedence itemizing included new HVAC methods at North and Larson Heights factoraries and A mannequin new transferable at Midway Elementary to accommodate the district’s rising preschool program.

O’Neil said A lot of the tasks on the itemizing would qualify for funding the district has acquired from the federal authorities for COVID-19 aid. Enterprise supervisor Stefanie Lowry said the district has not allotted all of That money, however she was unassembleive how a lot Can be left for these tasks. Fuhr said using coronavirus aid funds, no matter quantity That is, would permit district funds to go further.

The reprimarying bonds, or some portion of them, Could be purchased as quickly as the report is accredited by The varsity board. District officers Can furtherly start Looking for land for The mannequin new factorary school, with Mae Valley As a Outcome of the primary space of focus.

Board member Shannon Hintz requested if All of the tasks beneath dialogue match Infacet the parameters established Inside The distinctive bond proposal. Beaudine said members of the committee made assembleive To primarytain Infacet the strains.

“We went off on some tangents and (decided) we have been outfacet the scope,” he said. “Is that (enterprise) An factor of An prolonged-differ (dialogue)? Utterly. Is that An factor of this bond (dialogue)? No. So we took it off our itemizing and put it to the facet.”

Cheryl Schweizer Could be reached by way of e-mail at [email protected]


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