School Pur­chases Land For Barn

Washington County Enterprise-Leader - - FRONT PAGE - By Lynn Kut­ter

LIN­COLN — A new agri­cul­ture barn for Lin­coln High School stu­dents will pro­vide a lab fa­cil­ity for stu­dents tak­ing an­i­mal science classes.

Lin­coln School Board last week voted to pur­chase 5.1 acres for $50,000 from R and D Ent., for a new agri barn for the high school. The land is lo­cated east of the school’s agri­cul­ture wing.

The land is owned by school em­ployee Ran­dall Villines, and the board at its Jan­uary meet­ing ap­proved a res­o­lu­tion to dis­close it would like to con­duct busi­ness with Villines.

Sarah Hale, Lin­coln agri­cul­ture teacher, said the barn will pro­vide end­less ed­u­ca­tional op­por­tu­ni­ties for stu­dents.

“The new barn will al­low for hands-on ap­pli­ca­tion for the an­i­mal science classes,” Hale said by email. “I am so ex­cited that our stu­dents will be able to uti­lize the con­cepts learned in the class­room in a real-world set­ting. I hope to have cat­tle, sheep and hogs for our stu­dents to care for every day. We will be able to con­duct feed tri­als, vac­ci­nate an­i­mals, check vi­tals and so much more during class on a reg­u­lar ba­sis.”

The school’s goal, she said, is to pre­pare stu­dents for their fu­ture, what­ever it may look like.

“I hope that our barn will pre­pare our stu­dents to work hard in life and not be afraid to get dirt under their fin­ger nails,” Hale said, adding, “Each year fewer of our stu­dents are com­ing from a pro­duc­tion agri­cul­ture back­ground.

It is my de­sire for our stu­dents to re­spect and ap­pre­ci­ate where our food comes from.”

To move the agri barn project along, the School Board later in its meet­ing con­sid­ered pro­pos­als from ar­chi­tec­tural and en­gi­neer­ing firms in­ter­ested in be­ing placed on re­tainer for fu­ture projects.

Board mem­ber Ken­dra Moore weighed in on the dis­cus­sion and vote on the two firms via cell phone. Board mem­bers present at the meet­ing were Pres­i­dent Dax More­ton, Con­nie Meyer and Tera Thomp­son. State law now al­lows board mem­bers to par­tic­i­pate in meet­ings off-site elec­tron­i­cally. Lisa Reed was ab­sent.

WER Ar­chi­tects/Plan­ners of Fayetteville and Ar­chi­tec­ture Plus Inc., of Fort Smith sub­mit­ted their qual­i­fi­ca­tions to be con­sid­ered as the district’s on-call ar­chi­tects.

Ar­chi­tec­ture Plus has more than 30 years of ex­pe­ri­ence in new con­struc­tion and ren­o­va­tion of all types of education fa­cil­i­ties, ac­cord­ing to its qual­i­fi­ca­tions stated. School projects in­cluded Mena High School, new K-12 school for Min­eral Springs School District, and sev­eral ele­men­tary school projects in Fort Smith.

John Lang­ham of WER at­tended the board meet­ing to an­swer any ques­tions. The firm’s qual­i­fi­ca­tions in­clude 40 years of ex­pe­ri­ence with 50 per­cent of the projects re­lated to education. WEF’s projects have in­cluded school gym­na­si­ums, school ren­o­va­tions, sports fa­cil­i­ties and new build­ings, such as Con­way and Jack­sonville high schools, and nu­mer­ous projects for the Univer­sity of Arkansas.

More­ton said his con­cern was that he wanted an ar­chi­tec­tural firm to see Lin­coln’s projects as a pri­or­ity.

“I just don’t want to feel like our project isn’t im­por­tant,” More­ton said.

Lang­ham said WER as a larger firm has re­sources in Lit­tle Rock that it can use. Its Fayetteville of­fice is newer.

“No mat­ter the size of the project, we try to bring the same value to every project,” Lang­ham said.

More­ton re­sponded that ear­lier in the day he was lean­ing to­ward Ar­chi­tec­ture Plus but the fact Lang­ham took the time to show up for the board meet­ing spoke about the firm’s com­mit­ment.

Moore, speak­ing by phone, said she had seen WER’s work first hand and thought the com­pany would do a great job for the district.

The board voted 4-0 to hire WER as its on-call ar­chi­tects. The firm’s first project will be the new agri barn.

ESI En­gi­neer­ing Ser­vices was the only firm to sub­mit qual­i­fi­ca­tions to serve as the district’s en­gi­neers. This firm of­fers lo­cal civil en­gi­neer­ing de­sign, sur­vey­ing and on-site in­spec­tion ser­vices for school dis­tricts. It com­pleted the en­gi­neer­ing work for drainage im­prove­ments for Lin­coln High School.

The board voted 4-0 to con­tract with ESI as its on-call en­gi­neer­ing firm.

In other ac­tion, the board voted 3-0 to ac­cept a bid from Ara­mark to pro­vide food ser­vice for the 2018-19 school year.

Mary Ann Spears, su­per­in­ten­dent of Lin­coln Con­sol­i­dated School District, said the district re­ceived two bids, one from Ara­mark and one from Opaa! Food Man­age­ment. She had hoped for a bid from Chartwells Food Ser­vice but said the com­pany de­cided not to sub­mit any­thing.

Spears rec­om­mended the district stay with Ara­mark based on a scor­ing sheet that looked at sev­eral fac­tors, in­clud­ing price, mar­ket­ing, ac­count­ing, man­age­ment. Out of a max­i­mum 95 points, Ara­mark scored 92 and Opaa! scored 89 points.

Ara­mark will end the cur­rent year with a $20,000 bal­ance, Spears said. For 2016-17, the school district had to pay $52,000 to­ward the dif­fer­ence in food nu­tri­tion costs and rev­enue.

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