The Swanton Local School District opened bids last week for planned building additions and other work.
A preliminary review has been done, according to Swanton Superintendent Jeff Schlade, but nothing has been approved. The Board of Education has set a special meeting for Nov. 29 at 7 p.m. at the board office for that purpose.
Bids were received by the district for general trades contract, plumbing contract, HVAC contract, electrical contract, and demolition contract. The estimated cost of that work is $4,586,238.
Under the plan, Crestwood Elementary School on Crestwood Drive would become a K-4 building, and Park Elementary School on Elton Parkway would become a building for grades 5-8. Preschool would be moved to the high school building, and the current middle school and 1904 building would be demolished, with the exception of Fisher Gymnasium.
The addition currently planned at Park School would include a band room and choir rooms at the west end of the building. One alternative, which could be approved or rejected by the school board, is the addition of a lunch room to the west of the gymnasium. The board had previously discussed the physical education limitations that would be likely without a new lunch room.
At Crestwood, the addition would be on the north end of the current building and include six new classrooms. Preschool classes in the district will move to the northwest wing of the high school. Three preschool classrooms are planned with the idea of expanding the preschool program in the school district.
When accepting a bid, the board can also decide whether to approve any of the alternates.
The project will be paid for partially through financing and partially with the district’s existing cash balance. At the end of fiscal year 2016, the cash balance was approximately $7 million.
“We are financing $1.8 million of the building project that will be paid through the cost savings of not operating the Cherry Street property,” said Joyce Kinsman, district treasurer. “It is a 10-year arrangement.”
The remainder of the project, which was estimated to be $3.5 million, will be paid out of the cash balance. That number could change, based on final costs of the project.
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