BOE trans­fers funds to com­plete STMS ren­o­va­tion

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STEVENSVILLE — Mem­bers of the Queen Anne’s County Board of Ed­u­ca­tion sat be­fore the county com­mis­sion­ers dur­ing the Tues­day, Sept. 13, meet­ing and re­quested per­mis­sion to transfer cap­i­tal money to the Stevensville Mid­dle School ren­o­va­tion project from a fin­ished project with re­main­ing funds. The com­mis­sion ap­proved the cap­i­tal projects transfer, 4-0. Com­mis­sioner Steve Wil­son was ab­sent.

Queen Anne’s County Pub­lic Schools In­terim Su­per­in­ten­dent Gregory Pilewski said the mid­dle school ren­o­va­tion project, which be­gan in 2014, is in the fi­nal phase of com­plet­ing site work, but var­i­ous bids have come in higher than an­tic­i­pated.

Robin Lan­graf, chief fi­nance of­fi­cer for the school sys­tem, told the com­mis­sion that of the $23.8 mil­lion in the bud­get for the school ren­o­va­tion, the board of ed­u­ca­tion has spent about $22.7 mil­lion. Lan­graf said in­clud­ing out­stand­ing pur­chase or­ders and project re­tainage, of which the board is hold­ing more than $1 mil­lion from the con­trac­tor, the project has reached its bud­geted ca­pac­ity with four items still needed to be funded.

The four items in­clude a basketball court, crawl space, gym­na­sium equip­ment and ad­di­tional drainage. Lan­graf said those items are es­ti­mated to cost about $83,000, $21,000 more than bud­geted.

She sug­gested the com­mis­sion­ers transfer funds orig­i­nally al­lo­cated for the dis­con­nec­tion of the por­ta­ble unit used dur­ing the school’s ren­o­va­tion. Only $45,000 of $100,000 al­lo­cated was spent dis­con­nect­ing the unit.

“We’re ask­ing for that [money] to be moved to Stevensville Mid­dle School to fin­ish up these last items and hope­fully get this project com­pleted and off the book,” Lan­graf said.

“Big Blue,” the nick­name of the mod­u­lar unit used by the mid­dle school stu­dents dur­ing ren­o­va­tion, was orig­i­nally do­nated to the county from a school in Bal­ti­more. The only costs for the unit dealt with phys­i­cally mov­ing the mod­u­lar as well as costs get­ting it hooked up. The board sold the por­ta­ble unit to Wi­comico County for $52,000.

The board will have about $32,000 left in the ac­count in case of emer­gency needs.

Lan­graf said the ren­o­va­tion was orig­i­nally bud­geted for about $20 mil­lion — $12 mil­lion from the county and $8 mil­lion from the state — but due to “add al­ter­nates,” which the com­mis­sion al­lo­cated more funds for, the over­all price grew. Money was moved from var­i­ous other projects along the way.

“I cer­tainly en­cour­age all of you to visit that fa­cil­ity. It’s been a great fa­cil­ity not only for the stu­dents but for the com­mu­nity as well,” Pilewski said. “I was there on the first day of school to wel­come stu­dents and rode the bus in with them. So, they’re very ex­cited about this fa­cil­ity, and we’re ex­cited about this school year.”

PHOTO BY MIKE DAVIS

Queen Anne’s County Pub­lic Schools’ In­terim Su­per­in­ten­dent Gregory Pilewski, Chief Fi­nance Of­fi­cer Robin Lan­graf and fa­cil­i­ties plan­ner Carla Viar Pullen ask the county com­mis­sion­ers Sept. 13 to transfer funds in or­der to com­plete the Stevensville Mid­dle School ren­o­va­tion project.

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